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Emergency Medical Minute


Aug 24, 2018

Author:  Erik Verzemnieks, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • In the panic of a precipitous ED delivery, remember: Warm. Dry. Stim.  It will solve most of your problems in most scenarios
  • Start compressions if heart rate is less than 60
  • Put the pulse ox on the right hand - it may make a difference as it is preductal


Editor’s note: detecting a heart rate can be tough in a newborn - you can feel the umbilical stump or just listen with your stethoscope



Gary Weiner & Jeanette Zaichkin. Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP), 7th Ed, 2016. American Academy of Pediatrics & American Heart Association.