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Implementing Newborn Mock Codes

Blakely, Teresa Gail MSN/Ed, RNC

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July-August 2007 - Volume 32 - Issue 4 - p 230–235
doi: 10.1097/01.NMC.0000281962.56207.44
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This article describes the implementation of a newborn mock code program. Although the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is one of the most widely used health education programs in the world and is required for most hospital providers who attend deliveries, research tells us that retention of NRP skills deteriorates rapidly after completion of the course. NRP requires coordination and cooperation among all providers; however, a lack of leadership and teamwork during resuscitation (often associated with a lack of confidence) has been noted. Implementation of newborn mock code scenarios can encourage teamwork, communication, skills building, and increased confidence levels of providers. Mock codes can help providers become strong team members and team leaders by helping them be better prepared for serious situations in the delivery room. Implementation of newborn mock codes can be effectively accomplished with appropriate planning and consideration for adult learning behaviors.

What is more important than functioning smoothly as a team when a code is called? Do you practice using newborn mock codes?

Teresa Gail Blakely is an Instructor, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and Staff Nurse, Women's Hospital Birthing Center, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI. She can be reached via e-mail at

The author has no commercial or economic association with providers of equipment or resources for the National Resuscitation Program.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.