intensely trivial



Adventures in neonatal resuscitation

My major midwifery-study project lately is to study the Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation (6th ed.) from the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, so I can take the online test, so I can attend a day-long workshop at the Trust Birth Conference in April and be certified in neonatal resuscitation.
Here’s an excerpt from the textbook:
“Several recent studies suggest that resuscitation of term newborns with 21% oxygen (room air) is just as successful as resuscitation with 100% oxygen. There is also some evidence that exposure to 100% oxygen during and following perinatal asphyxia may be harmful. However, since asphyxia involves deprivation of oxygen to body tissues, and pulmonary blood flow improves when oxygen concentration is increased, there is a theoretical possibility that using supplemental oxygen during resuscitation of newborns with asphyxia will result in more rapid restoration of tissue oxygen and, perhaps, less permanent tissue damage and improved blood flow to the lungs” (p. 85).
Evidence be damned.

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