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A novel treatment for Apnoea of Prematurity
Jisha Mathew, Kishore Kumar R.
Department of Paediatrics and Neonatology, Cloudnine Hospital, Jayanagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
Introduction: Apnoea of prematurity (AOP) is one of the most common causes of apnoea in preterm babies with lower gestational ages. There are many studied interventions to treat the same, namely, use of CPAP, Methylxanthine compounds, Tactile and Olfactory stimulation. We report an unconventional way to treat apnoea of prematurity.
Methods: We used a novel method of Glove ventilation to provide tactile stimulation to babies. The end delivery limb of the ventilator tubing was connected to a sterile glove, and the ventilator was started with physiological settings. This glove was then kept in close contact with the baby’s chest to provide intermittent stimulation.
Conclusion: Glove ventilation could be used as an unconventional way to mechanically stimulate preterm babies with AOP. The added advantage of glove ventilation is that it could be used easily at peripheral centres without the need for expensive equipments and many babies could be extubated successfully.

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