Opinions regarding neonatal resuscitation training for the obstetric physician: a survey of neonatal and obstetric training program directors

C. J. Bruno, L. Johnston, C. Lee, P. S. Bernstein, D. Goffman

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Abstract

Purpose: Our goal was to garner opinions regarding neonatal resuscitation training for obstetric physicians. We sought to evaluate obstacles to neonatal resuscitation training for obstetric physicians and possible solutions for implementation challenges. Materials and methods: We distributed a national survey via email to all neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship directors and obstetrics & gynecology residency program directors in the United States. This survey was designed by a consensus method. Results: Ninety-eight (53%) obstetric and fifty-seven (51%) neonatal program directors responded to our surveys. Eighty-eight percent of neonatologists surveyed believe that obstetricians should be neonatal resuscitation program (NRP) certified. The majority of surveyed obstetricians (>89%) believe that obstetricians should have some neonatal resuscitation training. Eighty-six percent of obstetric residents have completed training in NRP, but only 19% of obstetric attendings are NRP certified. Major barriers to NRP training that were identified include time, lack of national requirement, lack of belief it is helpful, and cost. Conclusions: Most obstetric attendings are not NRP certified, but the majority of respondents believe that obstetric providers should have some neonatal resuscitation training. Our study demonstrates that most respondents support a modified neonatal resuscitation course for obstetric physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1035-1039
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 18 2018

Keywords

  • Newborns
  • cardiopulmonary
  • delivery room
  • obstetricians
  • resuscitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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