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April 1951

BRONCHOSCOPY IN THE NEWBORN: The Otolaryngologist's Contribution to Obstetrics

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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;53(4):393-396. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750040042004

RESUSCITATION of the newborn infant has always been a major problem to obstetricians. Many devices have been used, including stimulation by immersion in hot and cold water, mouth to mouth breathing, the administration of carbon dioxide and oxygen, drug stimulation (methyl alpha-lobeline, caffeine, nikethamide [coramine], pentylenetetrazole [metrazol®]), suspension of the infant with the head down, the application of ether to, and blowing on, the body, smacking the feet and folding the infant, somewhat in the manner that an accordian is manipulated, slapping, artificial respiration, cleansing of the nose, mouth and larynx and the use of the catheter in an attempt to aspirate the trachea.

This last-named method, while it represents a practical approach to the problem, is inadequate. I realize that some experienced obstetricians have especial confidence in this method, but I have never been especially impressed by it. It is a blind approach. The catheter is more likely to

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