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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. …
Supported in part by an RWH postgraduate degree scholarship (COFK, JAD) and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (PGD).
Competing interests: None.