Pitfalls in neonatal resuscitation

Clin Perinatol. 2005 Mar;32(1):77-95, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2004.10.002.


Ten percent of all newborns require resuscitation at birth. The Neonatal Resuscitation Program establishes the authoritative technique of newborn resuscitation. Errors continue to occur that are related to the use of unskilled resuscitators; intubation; inadequate suctioning of meconium; and the postresuscitation problems of hypoglycemia, hypocarbia, and hypotension. Specific recommendations are offered to avoid these pitfalls of neonatal resuscitation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carbon Dioxide / blood
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemia / etiology
  • Hypotension / etiology
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome / therapy
  • Medical Errors*
  • Resuscitation / adverse effects*
  • Resuscitation / education
  • Resuscitation / standards*
  • Suction


  • Carbon Dioxide