Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Implementation Guide

In by Karmah McIlvain

ORGANIZATIONS
American Academy of Pediatrics
CORE Group
Laerdal
NICHD
PATH
Save the Children
USAID

YEAR PUBLISHED
2011

DESCRIPTION
Helping Babies Breathe is designed to coordinate with other interventions in a package selected to improve neonatal and maternal health. HBB can be used as the resuscitation component in courses teaching Essential Newborn Care (WHO) and courses in midwifery skills. HBB can be used at all levels in the health system. It extends resuscitation training to first-level health facilities and health workers in resource-limited settings, where these skills are most lacking. It also can be used in higher-level health facilities, including tertiary facilities, where it complements, but does not replace, comprehensive resuscitation programs such as the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Both HBB and NRP teach the same first steps in resuscitation, but NRP also includes the use of supplemental oxygen, chest compressions, intubation, and medications.

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