The evidence for airway clearance of newborns at birth, preterm babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, and infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis is not robust. Some guidance for newborns at birth is offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association in their Neonatal Resuscitation Program, however, it is not always followed. In this MCN special topics series on airway clearance for newborns and infants, the authors of three articles present the state of the evidence, gaps, and suggestions for future study.
Ellise D. Adams is an Associate Professor, College of Nursing, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL. Dr. Adams can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The author declares no conflicts of interest.