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Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2006 Sep;50(8):1033-6.

Capnography rapidly confirmed correct endotracheal tube placement during resuscitation of extremely low birthweight babies (< 1000 g).

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Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Division of Acute Care Medicine, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway.


During neonatal resuscitation, the routine use of capnography to verify correct placement of the endotracheal tube is not an established international practice. We present four cases that illustrate the successful use of immediate capnography to verify correct tracheal tube placement even in extremely low birthweight (ELBW) prematures (< 1000 g) during resuscitation. Based on this limited experience, we reached institutional consensus among paediatricians and anaesthesiologists that capnography should become standard monitoring during all endotracheal intubations in premature babies.

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