n South African Journal of Child Health - Non-invasive breathing assistance for newborn infants with respiratory distress : editorial

Volume 2, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1994-3032
  • E-ISSN: 1999-7671



In this issue of the study by Ballot and co-workers (p. 146) shows that although a non-invasive chest wall suspension splint could support a compliant, retracting chest wall, it was only as effective as head-box oxygen management of premature infants with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in avoiding invasive mechanical ventilation (MV). This finding is surprising, because the opposite would be expected; however, this lack of difference could be the effect of the very small number of participants in this study.

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