[Is Ambu ventilation of newborn infants a simple question of finger-touch?]

Arch Pediatr. 1996 Dec;3(12):1270-2. doi: 10.1016/s0929-693x(97)85940-4.
[Article in French]


Insufflation pressures were measured during manual ventilation using a neonatal rebreathing bag (Ambu on a manikin. Maximal insufflation pressures were greater than that published or given by the manufacturer, theoretically limited to 30 cm of water at open valve, and that whatever the number of fingers used for the compression of the bag. These results indicate that Ambu ventilation, often mandatory for newborn resuscitation, does not simply rely upon the finger-touch of the operator and that it always has a risk of baro and/or volotraumatism.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pressure
  • Respiration, Artificial / instrumentation*
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods
  • Ventilators, Mechanical*