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Chapter-03 Clinical assessment of respiratory distress

BOOK TITLE: CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Bedside Application in the Newborn

Author
1. Rajiv PK
ISBN
9789350252444
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/11211_3
Edition
2/e
Publishing Year
2011
Pages
3
Author Affiliations
1. NMC Speciality Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, AIMS, Kochi, Kerala, India
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Abstract

The assessment of respiratory distress in a newborn consists of looking for signs of distress like tachypnea, chest recession, grunting and cyanosis. Silverman-Anderson retraction and Downe’s scoring system is helpful in evaluating the degree of distress and impending respiratory failure. The chapter illustrates components of these scoring systems. It is imperative for a clinician to use this scoring system in assessment of respiratory distress and monitor the need for CPAP or mechanical ventilation.

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