Abstract • The accuracy and stability of manual ventilation can contribute to the quality of ventilation and the prevention of acute and chronic pulmonary complications in neonates. In this study pediatric house staff and nurses in the intensive care nursery manually ventilated a teaching mannequin at predetermined "low" and "high" peak inspiratory pressures. Without using a pressure manometer, 18% and 13% achieved desired peak inspiratory pressures of 15 and 30 cm H2O, respectively, vs 72% and 74% when a manometer was used for a mean of 90 ventilations. Median and maximal group deviations from the assigned pressures were significantly lower when a pressure gauge was used. Our results demonstrated that accuracy of manual ventilation can be better achieved when a manometer is used in conjunction with infant resuscitation bags. (Am J Dis Child 1982;136:46-48) References 1. Monin P, Vert P: Pneumothorax . Clin Perinatol 1978;5:335-350. 2. DeLemos RA, Tomasovic JJ, Null DM: The role of postnatal factors in the pathogenesis of subependymal and intraventricular hemorrhage in the premature infant , in Ross Conference 1980: Perinatal Intracranial Hemorrhage . Columbus, Ohio, Ross Laboratories, 1980, pp 63-87. 3. Philip AGS: Oxygen plus pressure plus time: The etiology of bronchopulmonary dysplasia . Pediatrics 1975;55:44-50. 4. Taghizedeh A, Reynolds EOR: Pathogenesis of bronchopulmonary dysplasia following hyaline membrane disease . Am J Pathol 1976;82:241-258. 5. Bland RD, Kim MH, Light MJ, et al: High frequency mechanical ventilation in severe hyaline membrane disease . Crit Care Med 1980;8:275-281.Crossref 6. Manually operated infant resuscitators . Health Devices 1973;2:240-244. 7. Colton T: Statistics in Medicine . Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1974, pp 179 and 219. 8. Long JG, Philip AGS, Lucey JF: Excessive handling as a cause of hypoxemia . Pediatrics 1980;65:203-205. 9. Speidel BD: Adverse effects of routine procedures on preterm infants . Lancet 1978;1:864-866.Crossref 10. Lou H: Hypoxic-ischemic brain damage and intraventricular hemorrhage in the newborn: A pathogenetic model , in Ross Conference 1980: Perinatal Intracranial Hemorrhage . Columbus, Ohio, Ross Laboratories, 1980, pp 121-144. 11. DeLemos R, Tomasovic JJ: Effects of positive pressure ventilation on cerebral blood flow in the newborn infant . Clin Perinatol 1978;5:395-409.
American Journal of Diseases of Children – American Medical Association
Published: Jan 1, 1982
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