The classic model of history, physical, testing, diagnosis & treatment does not apply to us. I think we do 3 things in in the ER:
- Risk stratification
- Care coordination
Most infants transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life without any assistance. The term-infant with good tone, color, and respiratory effort requires no assistance and should be handed off to the mother after birth. However, approximately 10% of infants require some resuscitation and about 1% require extensive resuscitation. The main priority in neonatal resuscitation is establishment of effective ventilation and oxygenation.