Skip to content
Publicly Available Published by De Gruyter July 14, 2012

Role of automation in neonatal respiratory support

  • Nelson Claure EMAIL logo and Eduardo Bancalari


Premature infants frequently present with respiratory instability, which is associated with fluctuations in ventilation and gas exchange. Adjustment of respiratory support to the infant’s needs is limited by staff availability and workload. Hence, automation is being explored as a way to improve the care of the premature infants. New modes of automatic respiratory support are being developed and becoming available for clinical use in preterm infants. These modes are expected to compensate for some of the limitations that presently exist in the conventional forms of respiratory support. Available evidence and preliminary findings are promising, but further investigation is needed to determine the effects of these modalities on the long-term outcome of preterm infants.

Corresponding author: Nelson Claure, MSc, PhD Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine P.O. Box 016960 R-131 Miami, FL 33101 USA

Received: 2012-2-17
Revised: 2012-5-4
Accepted: 2012-5-8
Published Online: 2012-07-14
Published in Print: 2013-01-01

©2012 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston

Downloaded on 26.3.2023 from
Scroll Up Arrow