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Neonatal resuscitation in Italy: an ethical perspective
  1. D Trevisanuto1,
  2. N Doglioni1,
  3. M Micaglio2,
  4. R Bortolus3,
  5. V Zanardo4
  1. 1Paediatric Department, School of Medicine, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
  2. 2Department of Pharmacology and Anaesthesiology, School of Medicine, University of Padova
  3. 3International Centre on Birth Defects, Rome, Italy
  4. 4Paediatric Department, School of Medicine, University of Padova, Padova
  1. Correspondence to:
    D Trevisanuto
    Paediatric Department, University of Padova, Via Giustiniani 3, 35128Padova, Italy; trevo{at}

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The attitudes of doctors and nurses toward neonatal resuscitation have been described previously.1 However, the studies were conducted before the publication of the last versions of the official international guidelines for neonatal resuscitation, in which, for the first time, some practical indications related to the ethical aspects were reported.2,3

We aimed to survey the practice and the approach to neonatal resuscitation in Italian tertiary centres from an ethical perspective.

A structured 73-item questionnaire and an accompanying introductory letter was sent by email to the heads of the 86 tertiary centres provided with on-site delivery.3 The questions included multiple-choice, fill-in and yes /no questions.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.