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Free-flow oxygen delivery to newly born infants
  1. Jennifer A Dawson,
  2. Peter G Davis,
  3. Colm P F O’Donnell,
  4. C Omar F Kamlin,
  5. Colin J Morley
  1. Division of Newborn Services, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
    Jennifer Dawson
    Division of Newborn Services, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia; jennifer.dawson{at}


Resuscitation guidelines recommend administration of free-flow oxygen to newly born infants who breathe but remain cyanosed. Self-inflating resuscitation bags are described as unreliable for this purpose. We measured oxygen concentrations ⩾80% delivered through a 240 mL Laerdal self-inflating resuscitation bag and from 5 mm tubing inside a cupped hand.

  • NRP, Neonatal Resuscitation Program

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  • Supported in part by a RWH Postgraduate degree scholarship (CPFOD and COFK) and a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (PGD).

  • Competing interests: None.