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    Guideline Updates With MedStudy- NRP 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.  

    What are the changes to NRP 8th Edition?

    The NRP 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 Pediatrics Core books, and are pertinent to both testing and practice. The changes are clearly outlined in the graph below. 

    NRP 8th Edition

    Table from American Academy of Pediatricians

    NRP 8th Edition algorithm

    As sited by AAP, the 8th edition algorithm is only slightly different from the 7th edition—and it does not conflict with published science. 

    nrp 8th edition algorithmFigure of the NRP 8th Edition algorithm from American Academy of Pediatrics

    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 the update from the AAP to get more details. 


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