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Mechanical ventilation in the newborn; a simplified approach Part 2: High-frequency ventilation

Authors

  • Vincent Muhlethaler,

    1. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Newborn Care, University of Sydney, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
    2. Department of Paediatrics, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland
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  • Girvan Malcolm

    Corresponding author
    1. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Newborn Care, University of Sydney, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
    • Dr Malcolm Girvan, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Newborn Care, University of Sydney, Missenden Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia. Fax: +61(02) 9550 4375; email: girvan.malcolm@email.cs.nsw.gov.au

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Abstract

High frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) is becoming an increasingly popular intervention in the neonatal intensive care unit. This article will attempt to explain the principles of HFOV. It is inherently more difficult to become skilled in this technique than in other forms of mechanical ventilation, so caution is warranted.

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