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Neonatal airway practices: a telephone survey of all UK level 3 neonatal units
  1. T Whitby,
  2. D J Lee,
  3. C Dewhurst,
  4. F Paize
  1. Department of Neonatology, Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fauzia Paize, Department of Neonatology, Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, Crown Street, Liverpool L8 7SS, UK; fauzia.paize{at}

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Neonatal airway management (NAM) and oxygenation are vital skills. Unrecognised oesophageal intubation is a common cause of endotracheal intubation (EI) failure and can result in mortality and significant morbidity. The Difficult Airway Society have algorithms for difficult airway management in adults and children1 ,2 including a ‘cannot intubate and cannot ventilate’ (CICV) algorithm.2 There are no nationally agreed guidelines or algorithms for NAM. The aim of this study is to determine NAM practises in UK level 3 neonatal intensive care units.

Between May and June 2013, a telephone survey of NAM, airway adjuncts and the possession …

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  • Contributors FP and CD conceived the project. DJL and TW performed the data collection. FP performed data analysis. TW and FP wrote the draft manuscript. All authors reviewed and commented on the final draft of the paper. FP will act as the guarantor of the paper.

  • Competing interests None.

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