Pejovic N, Trevisanuto D, Lubulwa C, Myrnerts Höök S, Cavallin F, Byamugisha J, Nankunda J, Tylleskär T. Arch Dis Child. 2018 Mar;103(3):255-260.
This phase two, single-centre, prospective, open-label RCT was carried out at the Mulago National Referral Hospital (Uganda) to assess and compare the safety and performance of the i-gel vs. the face mask (FM) during neonatal resuscitation. 50 patients were randomly assigned into two groups, the i-gel (n=25) and the FM group (m=25). Results showed that the total ventilation time was shorter in the I-gel group compared to the FM one mean 93 vs. 140s, p=0.02). All interventions were successful in the I-gel group, but 11 patients from the FM group were transferred to the I-gel one after 150s. In addition, the mean time to spontaneous breathing was 153s (SD59) with the I-gel and 216s with the FM (SD92) (p=0.005). The study estimated a 31% (95%CI 11 to 44%) reduction in spontaneous breathing when using i-gel. No adverse events were reported when using i-gel (e.g. laryngospasm, bleeding or vomiting), but two patients suffered hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy in the FM group, and one died within the first 48 hours of life. Thus, the use of a cuffless LMA device may help in reducing the time of spontaneous breathing in neonatal resuscitation compared to FM devices.
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