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Schwindt, J.-C.; Heinzel, O.; Hoffmann, F. and Heimberg, E. (2016): Stabilisierung und Reanimation des Neugeborenen direkt nach der Geburt. Kommentierte Zusammenfassung der Leitlinien des European Resuscitation Council 2015. In: Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde, Vol. 164, No. 3: pp. 203-217

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On 15 October 2015 the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) published new guidelines for resuscitation of adults and children. Section 7 describes the recommendations for resuscitation and stabilization of babies at birth. The new life support algorithm for newborns shows relatively minor changes, nevertheless, some interesting new modifications are included. The management of amniotic fluid containing meconium has been clearly simplified and the use of an electrocardiogram (ECG) for immediate heart rate monitoring in critically ill newborns is now recommended. The new recommendation for a centrally located umbilical venous access (UVC) during resuscitation must, however, at least be critically discussed. This article presents a condensed summary of the current ERC guidelines so that the recommendations for stabilization of preterm infants and also post-resuscitation care are not the subject of this article. The comments include practical clinical tips, which may help the reader to implement the new resuscitation guidelines into clinical practice.

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