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Prevention of nasal trauma due to CPAP in a preterm newborn: case report

Raupp Nunes, C., Baggio de Castro, S., da Motta, G. , Machado da Silva, A., Machado Schardosim, J. & Chollopetz da Cunha, M. (2012). Prevention of nasal trauma due to CPAP in a preterm newborn: case report. Clinical and Biomedical Research, 32(4), pp. 480-484.


The administration of continuous positive airway pressure through nasal CPAP has been used in the treatment of neonatal respiratory diseases as a means of providing ventilatory support to preterm infants, producing adequate gas exchange, decreasing the complications induced by invasive mechanical ventilation and reducing bronchopulmonary dysplasia. The nasal prong is the most common device used to connect to the airways with the purpose of providing mechanical ventilation. Nasal prongs are available in different sizes and made of lightweight and flexible material. Despite its advantages, this device can cause trauma to the nose causing nasal discomfort and disfigurement. We report the case of an extremely low birth weight preterm who used a system of nasal CPAP developed by the nurses of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the HCPA to protect the skin, mucosa, and nasal septum. Protection was successful.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Skin care; newborn; neonatal intensive care units; continuous positive airway pressure
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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