Cerebral hypoxia immediately following delivery of very low birth weight infants

T.G. Goos, J Dudink, Irwin K.M. Reiss

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Reference ranges for regional cerebral tissue oxygen saturation (crSO 2) reported by Pichler et al are an important step towards implementation of crSO2 monitoring during resuscitations. 1 At the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, we found a surprising crSO2 observation in the first 10 infants (26 4/ 7 weeks [26 3/ 7-27 1/ 4], birth weight 910 g [705-960g]) that we evaluated. They had very low initial crSO 2 (15% [15-15%] [median {IQR}]). Because there is so little variation at the start of the resuscitation there is no variance in the IQR, as can be seen in the Figure. The Figure shows the observed values in relation to the percentiles published by Pichler et al. 1 Infants were resuscitated according to local guidelines, based upon European Resuscitation Council guidelines. 2 Arterial oxygen saturation was measured with a Nellcor N600-x pulseoximeter, and crSO 2 was measured with an Invos 5100C (Covidien, Dublin, Ireland). During resuscitation, SpO 2 and Apgar scores were similar to prior observations at our institution. 2 Infants left the resuscitation area with crSO 2 of 59% (47%-64%).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677
Number of pages678
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2014


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