Question: When doing resuscitation on babies born prematurely. Do we consider their corrected age to follow the appropriate resuscitation procedure or do we go by their actual birthday? ie) if baby was born 4 weeks premature, do we consider them to be neonatal and follow 3:1 compression and ventilation rate until they are 8 or 9 weeks after birth?
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The bottom line is that chronological age is used to determine treatment. So, utilize the Neonatal Resuscitation Medical Directive for patients <30days, regardless of prematurity.