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Neonatal intubation success rates: four UK units
  1. Gemma Edwards1,
  2. Khadidja Belkhatir2,
  3. Andrew Brunton3,
  4. Carolyn Abernethy4,
  5. Hilary Conetta5,
  6. Joyce E O'Shea3
  1. 1 Paediatrics, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2 John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK
  3. 3 Neonatology, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  4. 4 Neonatology, Princess Royal Maternity, Glasgow, UK
  5. 5 Neonatology, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, Renfrewshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gemma Edwards, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, Glasgow G51 4TF, UK; gemma.edwards5{at}

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Opportunities for paediatric trainees to learn and maintain the skill of neonatal intubation are continually decreasing due to advances in perinatal and neonatal care. Internationally, success rates are low and falling, and current UK success rates are not known.1

We collected data on all intubations over 12 months in three neonatal units and 4 months in a fourth. Each site has over 5000 deliveries/year and 14–53 cots. No unit has 24 hour in-house consultant presence, and all intubate orally. Intubators were subdivided into junior trainees (ST (specialty trainee) years 1–3), middle grades (ST4–6), seniors (ST7–8, specialty doctors and consultants) and advanced neonatal nurse practitioners (ANNPs). Primary outcome was first attempt intubation success rate.

There were 218 intubations: 164 in the neonatal intensive care …

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  • Correction notice This paper has been updated since it was published. An acknowledgement has been added in the end statements.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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