Introduction The aim of the Scottish Neonatal Resuscitation Course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform basic resuscitation of the newborn baby within a safe simulated clinical environment. As a result of undertaking the course, participants will be able to: Develop an understanding of the physiological processes that can lead to the need for resuscitation of the newborn. Practice the immediate care of babies requiring resuscitation at birth Acquire practical experience in using neonatal resuscitation equipment. The course material is based on information provided by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and take into account the guidelines they have produced, both in their original form  and the updated guidelines in 2005 . Although the course provides participants with the theory and skills to undertake resuscitation of the newborn, it does not guarantee competence in the clinical environment. It is the responsibility of senior staff in the clinical environment to ensure that personnel are competent before they are left to perform resuscitation unsupervised. References: 1. Kattwinkel J, Niermeyer S, Nadkarni V, et al.: ILCOR advisory statement: resuscitation of the newly born infant - an advisory statement from the Pediatric Working Group of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Pediatrics 1999; 103(4): e56 (URL http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/103/4/e56) 2. International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Guidelines 2005 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care: International Consensus on Science, Part 7: Neonatal Resuscitation. Resuscitation 2005; 67: 293— 303.
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