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    Guideline Updates With MedStudy- Neonatal Resuscitation Program 8th Edition

    Michael Gomez, MD, of Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, explains the Neonatal Resuscitation Program 8th Edition from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.  

    NRP 8th Edition practice changes

    The 8th Edition practice changes are fairly straightforward and simplify the resuscitation process for the team in the delivery room. The six main updates are:

    1. Umbilical cord management plan question was added to the 4 pre-birth questions
    2. Initial steps are now:
      1. warm
      2. dry
      3. stimulate
      4. position airway
      5. suction if needed
    3. Use of electronic cardiac monitoring is now recommended as soon as an alternative airway becomes necessary
    4. Changes were made to the use of epinephrine both intravenously/intraosseously and endotrachealy with an adapted dosage
    5. Flushing of epinephrine after administration has been simplified
    6. Timeframe for cessation of resuscitative efforts has been expanded to 20 minutes

    Dr. Gomez walks us through the changes. 


    How will this update affect you?

    These items are specifically covered in our Core, and are pertinent to both testing and practice. The changes are clearly outlined in the graph below. 

    Neonatal Resuscitation Program, 8th Edition

    Table from American Academy of Pediatricians

    Of note, there are two small controversies to consider:

    1. Umbilical cord clamping and its effects

    2. The timeline/when to cease resuscitative efforts

    Read a brief overview of the update to get more details. 


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