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Experience and training in endotracheal intubation and laryngeal mask airway use in neonates: results of a national survey
  1. Khadidja Belkhatir1,
  2. Alexandra Scrivens1,
  3. Joyce E O'Shea2,
  4. Charles Christoph Roehr1,3
  1. 1 Newborn Services, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  2. 2 Neonatology, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3 Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joyce E O'Shea, Neonatology, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, Glasgow, Glasgow, UK; joyce.o'shea{at}

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Neonatal endotracheal intubation is a mandatory procedural skill for paediatric trainees in the UK. However, recent changes in neonatal practice have reduced trainees’ opportunities to gain experience in neonatal intubation. Success rates, especially among inexperienced trainees are low and falling.1

We conducted a 26-question web-based survey to collect UK general paediatric/neonatal trainees and advanced neonatal nurse practitioners’ (ANNPs) reported training and experience in neonatal intubation and laryngeal mask airway (LMA) insertion, during the 2018 to 2019 academic year. To achieve national representation, a link with information about the survey was emailed to ANNPs and trainees via their regional training programme directors, RCPCH trainee representatives and the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM). We included questions about LMA proficiency because they have shown to be a viable alternative to intubation and may be the solution if universal intubation competency …

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  • Contributors KB and CCR conceived the idea and designed the survey. AS and JEO participated in the design and dissemination of the survey. KB disseminated the survey and analysed the data. KB and JEO wrote the manuscript. All authors revised and approved the final version submitted.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.