A Single Finger Does Dual Duty in Newborn Evaluation

December 31, 2006

Instead of using a catheter to documentpatent nares on a newborn, firstevaluate the quality of the neonate’ssuck with a clean, bare finger andthen place the wet finger under thenose to feel exhalation.

Instead of using a catheter to documentpatent nares on a newborn, firstevaluate the quality of the neonate'ssuck with a clean, bare finger andthen place the wet finger under thenose to feel exhalation.-- Nancy Alkire, MD
   Columbus, Ohio