Intervention Protocol

Routine oro/nasopharyngeal suction versus no suction in the delivery room

  1. Jennifer A Dawson1,*,
  2. Peter G Davis2,
  3. Jann P Foster3,4

Editorial Group: Cochrane Neonatal Group

Published Online: 31 JAN 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 22 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010332

How to Cite

Dawson JA, Davis PG, Foster JP. Routine oro/nasopharyngeal suction versus no suction in the delivery room (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD010332. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010332.

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Royal Women's Hospital, Neonatal Services, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

  2. 2

    The Royal Women's Hospital, Department of Newborn Research, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

  3. 3

    University of Western Sydney, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Sydney, NSW, Australia

  4. 4

    University of Sydney, Central Clinical School, Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology,Sydney Medical School/Sydney Nursing School, Sydney, NSW, Australia

*Jennifer A Dawson, Neonatal Services, The Royal Women's Hospital, 20 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria, 3052, Australia.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 31 JAN 2013




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  2. Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To evaluate the effect of routine oropharyngeal/nasopharyngeal suction compared to no suction on mortality and morbidity in newly born infants with and without meconium-stained liquor.

Planned subgroup analyses:

  • gestational age: term infants (≥ 37 weeks' gestation), preterm infants (28 to 36 weeks' gestation), very preterm infants (< 28 weeks' gestation);

  • mode of delivery (vaginal birth; caesarean section);

  • vigorous; non-vigorous infants;

  • meconium-stained amniotic fluid; non-meconium-stained amniotic fluid;

  • timing of suction (perineum-intrapartum; post-delivery);

  • method of suction (bulb syringe; suction catheter).