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Free-flow oxygen delivery using a T-piece resuscitator
  1. Jennifer A Dawson1,
  2. Peter G Davis2,
  3. C Omar F Kamlin3,
  4. Colin J Morley3
  1. 1Neonatal Services, Royal Women’s Hospital
    Carlton, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3Neonatal Services, Royal Women’s Hospital
    Carlton, Victoria, Australia
  1. Jennifer Dawson, Neonatal Nurse Researcher, Division of Newborn Services, Royal Women’s Hospital, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia; jennifer.dawson{at}

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T-pieces are increasingly used for administering intermittent positive pressure ventilation (IPPV) during neonatal resuscitation.1 They can also be used to provide free-flowing oxygen to babies who are breathing but remain cyanosed.2 The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) guidelines recommend that when using a T-piece resuscitator the mask should be loosely placed on the infant’s face with the positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) valve occluded to allow delivery of a reliable amount of oxygen.2 There are no reports documenting the percentage of oxygen delivered when the PEEP valve is, or is not, occluded. …

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  • Supported in part by an RWH postgraduate degree scholarship (COFK, JAD) and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (PGD).

  • Competing interests: None.