Postresuscitation Care and Pretransport Stabilization of Newborns Using the Principles of STABLE Transport

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The practice of perinatal regionalization is designed to ensure that newborns are born in facilities with a care level designation that is consistent with expected pregnancy outcomes. Regionalization practices have resulted in lower neonatal mortality and morbidity rates. However, despite regionalization efforts, approximately 10 percent of newborns will require some level assistance with breathing, and a few (<1 percent) will require resuscitation in the birthing room. After resuscitation, many of these newborns require acute transport to a different facility. This column provides an overview of principles from the STABLE Program, which guides clinicians in providing postresuscitation care and pretransport stabilization for compromised newborns.

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