Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Neonatal resuscitation and immediate postpartum care

Contributor(s): Claire Waters, Autumn P Davidson

Neonatal resuscitation kit

  • A neonatal resucitation kit should be prepared for the clinic reserved for this purpose.

Equipment

  • Syringes (tuberculin).
  • Drugs (epinephrine diluted 1:9, 50% Dextrose, for fresh preparation of 5% Dextrose, vitamin K1, frozen diluted ceftiofur for thawing).
  • Oxygen sources.
  • Suction (preemie human nasal bulb syringes, dee lee suction devices).
  • Small face masks.
  • Towels (small, warmed).
  • Heat source (Baer blanket, warm water blanket, infrared lamp, warmed fluid bags).
  • Puppy box (Styrofoam) with heat support.
  • Multiple clean mosquito forceps and small scissors.
  • 3-0 absorbable suture for umbilical cords.
  • Tincture of iodine 2%.
  • Bowls for warm water baths.
  • Pediatric/neonatal stethoscope.
  • Doppler.
  • Neonatal gram scale.

Neonatal mortality

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Neonatal resuscitation

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Beyond the ABCs

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When to stop resuscitation

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Husbandry: the first days

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Warmth

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Immunity

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Nutrition

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Davidson A P (2014) Neonatal resuscitation: improving the outcome. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 44 (2), 191-204 PubMed.
  • Silvestre-Ferreira A C, Pastor J (2010) Feline neonatal isoerythrolysis and the importance of feline blood types. J Vet Med Int 2010, 753726 PubMed.
  • Grundy S A (2006) Clinically relevant physiology of the neonate. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 36 (3), 443-459, v PubMed.
  • Levy J K, Crawford P C, Collante W R et al (2001) Use of adult cat serum to correct failure of passive transfer in kittens. JAVMA 219 (10), 1401-1405 PubMed.
  •  McMichael M, Dhupa N (2000) Pediatric critical care medicine: specific syndromes. Compend Contin Educ Pract Vet 22 (4), 353-360 PubMed.
  • McMichael M, Dhupa N (2000) Pediatric critical care medicine: physiologic considerations. Compend Contin Educ Pract Vet 22 (3), 206-215 VetMedResource.


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