DFTB, T. Neonatal intubation: Shabs Rajapaksa at DFTB18, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
This talk was recorded live at DFTB18 in Melbourne, Australia. With the theme of ‘Science and Story’ we pushed our speakers to step out of their comfort zones and consider why we do what we do. Caring for children is not just about acquiring the scientific knowhow but also about taking a look beyond a diagnosis or clinical conundrum at the patient and their families. Tickets for DFT19, which will be held in London, UK, are now on sale from www.dftb19.com.
Shabs Rajapaksa is a general paediatrician working in Ballarat, Victoria. In this talk, from the first day of the conference she takes a look at a skill that scares many of us. Despite not being a specialist neonatologist or paediatric anaesthetist Shabs points out the importance of maintaining the skill set, including some of the challenges that this might present to the rural practitioner.
Pooled data from over 8000 neonatal intubations showed, as one might expect, that intubation success depended on level of experience. But surprisingly even consultants had a mean first pass success rate of around 60%.
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