Challenges in Ventilation of Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Infants webcast

Course summary

The World Health Organization and the March of Dimes estimate that 15 million infants are born premature each year, accounting for one in 10 babies born worldwide.1,2 Many of these infants will develop respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and other complications that require increased respiratory support. Studies have evaluated early antenatal corticosteroids and surfactant replacement therapy, individualized intubation strategies and lung protective strategies.3,4

To reduce the risk of chronic lung disease from repetitive atelectrauma, volutrauma and oxygen toxicity, clinicians have developed lung protective strategies. These include noninvasive continuous airway pressure (CPAP), advanced modes of conventional mechanical ventilation—both volume targeting and positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP)—and an open lung concept with high frequency ventilation.3,5,6


This program is approved for 1 hour of CRCE credit.

This webcast is approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

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Learning objectives

Recognize ventilation challenges with ELBW infants


Understand current ventilation practices, devices and literature


Obtain knowledge on clinical cases and management of ELBW infants