Published: 26-11-2020 10:52 | Updated: 26-11-2020 10:55

Laryngeal mask airway is safe for resuscitation of asphyxiated newborn infants

In this weeks issue of New England Journal of Medicine Nicolas Pejovic and Susanna Myrnerts Höök report the results from the hitherto largest randomized trial comparing laryngeal mask airway to the standard face mask when resuscitating asphyxiated newborn infants.

The trial included 1163 infants and showed that Laryngeal mask airway is safe and that it can be performed by midwifes after dedicated training. However, the study did not show any significant difference in the primary outcome death or moderate to severe encephalopathy.

Pejovic defended his thesis during the spring 2020 and Myrnerts Höök is a PhD student at the University in Bergen and will defend her thesis during the spring 2021. Both are clinically active at Södersjukhuset. Among the co-authors are Mats Blennow at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology - CLINTEC and Tobias Alfvén at the Department of Global Public Health,, KaroIinska Institutet.


A randomized trial of laryngeal mask airway in neonatal resuscitation”. Nicolas J Pejovic, Susanna Myrnerts Höök, Josaphat Byamugisha, Tobias Alfvén, Clare Lubulwa, Francesco Cavallin, Jolly Nankunda, Hege Ersdal, Mats Blennow, Daniele Trevisanuto, och Thorkild Tylleskär, Drs. Pejovic and Myrnerts Höök contributed equally to this article. New England Journal of Medicine, online 26 november 2020, doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2005333.