Nasal CPAP Non-invasive ventilation is essential in the NICU, but is commonly associated with nasal injury. This prospective trial assessed the usefulness of nasal barrier dressings in preventing nasal injury in neonates <30 weeks' gestational age receiving NCPAP. Although there were significant limitations to the study, nasal barrier dressings significantly reduced the both the occurrence and degree of nasal injury.
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CPAP Lowering extubation failures in very preterm infants remains an important goal. For this purpose and upon extubation, high-flow nasal cannulae (HFNC) and nasal CPAP were compared. Extubation failure occurred in 34% randomized to HFNC, and in 26% randomized to CPAP. Apnea was the most common cause of extubation failure in both groups. These data provide no compelling argument that HFNC should be considered as equivalent to nasal CPAP as the current standard of care to prevent extubation failure.
SUSTAINED LUNG INFLATION Preventing CPAP failure remains an elusive goal. Providing prophylactic sustained lung inflation (SLI) in the delivery room is one potential intervention that may prevent CPAP failure, and ultimately improve both pulmonary and neurodevelopmental outcomes in the highest-risk infants. Thus, the ability of prophylactic SLI to prevent the need for mechanical ventilation in the first 3 days of life in infants born at 25-28 weeks was evaluated. This trial showed that use of SLI reduced the need for mechanical ventilation in the first 72 hours of life. However, there was a higher, non-statistically significant increased incidence in pneumothorax in the group randomized to receive SLI. These data show that prophylactic SLI can decrease rates of CPAP failure, but larger studies are necessary to demonstrate safety and the effecton long-term outcomes.