7.2 Types of neonatal resuscitation
There are three techniques that you will learn about in this study session and in your practical skills training. They are:
- Ventilation: using a hand-operated pump called an ambu-bag (Figure 7.3), which pumps air into the baby’s lungs through a mask fitted over its nose and mouth. (You may hear health professionals referring to ventilation as ‘ambu-bagging’.)
- Suctioning: using a device called a bulb syringe to extract mucus and fluid from the baby’s nose and mouth.
- Heart massage: pressing on the baby’s chest in a rhythmic way to stimulate the heartbeat (Figure 7.4).