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Am J Perinatol. 1998 Apr;15(4):213-6.

Premedication for neonatal intubation.

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University of California, San Diego, Medical Center, 92103-8774, USA.

Abstract

The incidence of complications was recorded for 269 consecutive neonatal endotracheal intubations after instituting a routine policy of premedication. Two hundred and fifty-three of the intubations were premedicated with a combination of atropine, fentanyl and succinylcholine, 194 were without incident, 28 required two attempts, 22 required more than two attempts, and 9 required a second attempt with a smaller endotracheal tube. All infants were successfully intubated. We conclude that a policy of routine neonatal premedication for intubation is safe, feasible, and humane.

PMID:
9565215
DOI:
10.1055/s-2007-993928
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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