Nasal high-flow therapy in neonates boosts first-attempt intubation success rate

Australian trial suggests the technique could be particularly helpful for less experienced doctors

Hospitals could reduce the number of unsuccessful first-attempt neonatal endotracheal intubations by 27% using nasal high-flow therapy, according to an Australian study.

Clinicians at two tertiary neonatal ICUs in Melbourne say successful intubation using this technique — which delivers heated, humidified gas through narrow nasal cannulae — can be achieved without physiological instability in the infant.

"We think there's real potential here for many centres around the world to