Face mask ventilation - the dos and don'ts.

16:49 EDT 29th March 2015 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Face mask ventilation - the dos and don'ts."

Face mask ventilation provides respiratory support to newly born or sick infants. It is a challenging technique and difficult to ensure that an appropriate tidal volume is delivered because large and variable leaks occur between the mask and face; airway obstruction may also occur. Technique is more important than the mask shape although the size must appropriately fit the face. The essence of the technique is to roll the mask on to the face from the chin while avoiding the eyes, with a finger and thumb apply a strong even downward pressure to the top of the mask, away from the stem and sloped sides or skirt of the mask, place the other fingers under the jaw and apply a similar upward pressure. Preterm infants require continuous end-expiratory pressure to facilitate lung aeration and maintain lung volume. This is best done with a T-piece device, not a self-inflating or flow-inflating bag.


Department of Neonatal Medicine, James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW, UK. Electronic address: fionawood@nhs.net.

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Name: Seminars in fetal & neonatal medicine
ISSN: 1878-0946


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