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    ABSTRACT: There has been concern over the effect of vigorous bubbling on the delivery pressure during the operation of the bubble nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system. We investigated the relationship between intra-tubing pressure changes and flow rates in a closed bubble CPAP system in vitro. Using an experimental (in vitro) model, the distal connecting tube of the CPAP system was immersed under the water seal to a depth of 5 cm. Sixteen different flow rates, ranging from 2 L/min to 20 L/min, were tested. The procedure was repeated 10 times at each flow rate, and the intra-tubing pressure was recorded. The intra-tubing pressure within the model increased as the air flow rates were adjusted from 2 L/min to 20 L/min. The relationship was represented by the following equation, pressure (cmH(2)O) = 5.37 + 0.15 x flow rate (L/min) (R(2) = 0.826, p < 0.001). These results demonstrated that the intra-tubing pressure in a bubble CPAP system was highly correlated with flow rate in vitro.
    Pediatrics & Neonatology 08/2010; 51(4):214-8. · 0.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies have demonstrated a positive correlation between foot length (FL) and birth body weight (BBW), birth body length (BBL), and head circumference (HC). However, there is no data on birth FL in Taiwan. The aim of this study was to evaluate FL measurement in Taiwanese neonates as a method of estimating other anthropometric indices. In this retrospective study, we enrolled 256 babies born at our hospital and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital from 2003-2005. Medical records were reviewed for sex, BBW, BBL, HC, gestational age, and birth FL. Ill newborns, small-for-gestational-age babies, or those with poor birth footprints were excluded. FL at birth was measured from the center of the back of the heel to the tip of the big toe. Linear regression analysis was used to investigate the relation of FL to BBW and BBL. The intraclass correlation coefficient was used to assess inter-rater reliability. A total of 256 babies were reviewed. There were 136 male and 120 female neonates. The gestational age was 38.5+/-1.3 (mean+/-standard deviation) weeks, ranging from 35-42 weeks. The BBW was 3137+/-396g. The BBL was 51.1+/-2.1 cm. The HC was 33.5+/-1.7 cm. The FL was 7.4+/-0.46 cm. The regression equation for BBW (y) on FL (x) was as follows: y=486.2+360.4x (p<0.001, r=0.421). The regression equation for BBL (y) on FL (x) was as follows: y=40.1+1.45x (p<0.001, r= 0.305). The regression equation for HC (y) on FL (x) was as follows: y=14.8+2.53x (p<0.001, r=0.423). FL showed excellent reliability, with an intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.965 (p<0.001). Our study demonstrated a significant degree of correlation between FL and BBW, BBL and HC. However, it did not reliably estimate BBW, BBL, or HC-the three anthropometric indices were weakly correlated (r<0.5) with FL.
    Pediatrics & Neonatology 12/2009; 50(6):287-90. · 0.93 Impact Factor