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Intact cord stabilisation and delivery room strategies: current practice in the UK
  1. Anne Elizabeth Bean,
  2. Laura Myers,
  3. Catherine Smith,
  4. Tamanna Williams
  1. Jessop Wing, Neonatal Unit, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anne Elizabeth Bean, Jessop Wing, Neonatal unit, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield S10 2SF, UK; Anne.Bean1{at}

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Previous studies have shown that there is wide variation in resuscitation and stabilisation practices for both term and preterm neonates across the UK.1

The latest International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation guidance is clear on the benefits of providing Positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) for the initial ventilation of preterm infants.2 The benefits of delayed cord clamping (DCC) during initial stabilisation of preterm infants are also well documented3 and are recommended by the Resuscitation Council UK.4 The awaited National Neonatal Audit Programme report on data collected in 2019 will include national data on DCC rates across England, Scotland and Wales.

However, there remains uncertainty as to whether to …

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  • Contributors The project was conceived by TW, CS and AEB. AEB, TW and CS prepared the questionnaire. Data were collected by AEB and LM. Data were analysed by AEB and LM. Write-up and critical analysis were done by AEB, LM, TW and CS. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • 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.

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