When to discontinue the resuscitation of the newborn

When is it appropriate to discontinue the resuscitation of the newly born? 

Stopping resuscitation of the newly born is obviously a very difficult decision. If no heart rate is detectable after 10 minutes of resuscitation, consider stopping the resuscitation. Cause of the arrest, gestation of the infant, presence of complications, and parents’ expressed acceptability of morbidity risk will also play a part in the decision. 


Kattwinkel J, Perlman JM, Aziz K, et al: Part 15: Neonatal resuscitation: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation 2010;122(18 Suppl 3):S909-S919.


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