|Basic Newborn Resuscitation: A Practical Guide (WHO - OMS, 1997, 54 p.)|
What is this document about?
This document describes a simple method for resuscitating newborn infants, even where resources are limited. It is believed that this basic method of resuscitation - if carried out correctly - can revive more than three-quarters of newborns who do not breathe at birth. The method is especially suitable where only one birth attendant is present at the birth and has to divide her/his attention between the mother and the newborn. This document describes the procedures, that should be carried out, gives the reasons for selecting particular actions and also gives suggestions on how to operationalize the programme.
Who is this document for?
This document is written for health professionals who are responsible for implementing effective newborn resuscitation in health facilities and for national managers responsible for maternal and newborn health.
How should this document be used?
This document is intended as a basis for developing national and local policies, standards and guidelines to be followed by all health professionals who may be involved in resuscitating newborns. It should be regarded not as a rigid protocol but as an effective and safe method that is based on experience, current evidence and research. The document can be used for developing training materials for basic newborn resuscitation.