Non-Invasive Respiratory Support. The Egyptian Consensus on the Management of Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome 2017



1. CPAP should be started from birth in all babies at risk of RDS, such as those <30 weeks’ gestation who do not need intubation for stabilization (A1).

2. Any one of the several systems of delivering CPAP can be used. However, we recommend the use of a short binasal prong interface, or a mask, and a starting pressure of of about 6–8 cm H 2 O should be applied (A2). CPAP pressure can then be individualized depending on clinical condition, oxygenation and perfusion (D2).

3. CPAP with early rescue surfactant should be considered the optimal management for babies with RDS (A1).

4. Synchronized NIPPV, if delivered through a ventilator can reduce extubation failure, but may not confer long-term advantages such as reduction in BPD (B2).

5. HF nasal canula is not recommended as a primary respiratory support in the delivery room, however, HF may be used as an alternative to CPAP for some babies during the weaning phase (B2).

  • Quality of evidence

   – High quality A

   – Moderate quality B

   – Low quality C

   – Very low quality D


European Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Respiratory Distress Syndrome – 2016 Update

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Sharing professors:

  • Prof Abdel Rahman El Mashad (Tanta univ)
  • Prof Afaf Korraa (Azhar univ)
  • Prof El Sayed Khalaf (Port fouad hosp, ministry of health)
  • Prof Iman Eskander (Cairo univ)
  • Prof Hesham Abdel Hady (Mansoura univ)
  • Prof Hesham Ghazal (Alexandria univ)
  • Prof Magda Badawy (Cairo univ)
  • Prof Madiha Abdalla (Minia univ)
  • Prof Magdy Kamel (Minia univ)
  • Prof M Abdel Aaal El Bagy (Sohag univ)
  • Prof Morad El Alfy (Al Galaa military center)
  • Prof Nahed Fahmy (Cairo univ)
  • Prof Nayera Ismaeil (Ain Shams univ)
  • Prof Raguia Atwa (Ain Shams univ)
  • Prof Safaa Shafeek (Ain Shams univ)
  • Prof Sozan Gad (Suez canal univ)
  • Prof Osama Hussein (Port said neonatology society)
  • Prof Osama Kasem (Al Galaa military center)
  • Prof Yehia Mahmoud Basha (Damanhour teaching hosp)
  • Prof Zahraa Ezz El Deen (Cairo univ)