Neonatal Resuscitation Program

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The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is an educational program in neonatal resuscitation that was developed and is maintained by the American Academy of Pediatrics.[1] This program focuses on basic resuscitation skills for newly born infants.[2]

With the rollout of the sixth edition of NRP to reflect the 2010 American Heart Association guidelines for resuscitation, the course format has changed considerably. In the past, a full-day course incorporated lecture, written testing and hands-on skills. Now students study independently, complete an online examination, then attend an in-person skills session. This reduces the classroom time required for the course and allows instructors to focus on the practical skills needed to resuscitate the neonate.[3]

The program is intended for healthcare providers who perform resuscitation in the delivery room or newborn nursery.[4] Providers who take NRP are diverse in their scope of practice. The course outline is flexible to allow providers to complete specific modules directly related to their practice.[5]

Lesson modules

  1. Overview and principles of resuscitation
  2. Initial steps in resuscitation
  3. Use of resuscitation devices for positive-pressure ventilation
  4. Chest compressions
  5. Tracheal intubation
  6. Medication
  7. Special considerations
  8. Resuscitation of babies born pre-term
  9. Ethics and care at the end of life


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