NRP Quick Pre-resuscitation Checklist

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NPR)  Quick Pre-resuscitation Checklist is critical to successful neonatal resuscitation. The clinician responsible for care of the newborn needs to perform this checklist before each delivery. Doing so will ensure that all equipment needed is available and functioning correctly.

The checklist is from p 34 of the Textbook (see Resources at end of post). There is a second expanded checklist used for testing the NRP learner on pp 29 + 30 that explains the actions and rationale of the checklist.*

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Quick Pre-resuscitation Checklist

Warm Preheat Warmer

Towels or Blankets

Clear Airway Bulb syringe

10F or 12F suction catheter attached to wall suction set at 80-100 mm Hg

Meconium Aspirator

Auscultate Stethoscope
Oxygenate Method to give free-flow oxygen (mask, tubing, flow-inflating bag or T-piece)

Gases flowing just prior to birth, 5 – 10 L/min

Blender set per protocol

Pulse oximeter probe (detached from oximeter until needed)

Pulse oximeter

Ventilate Positive-pressure ventilation (PPV) device(s) present with term and preterm masks

PPV device(s) functioning

Connected to air/oxygen source (blender)

8F feeding tube and 20-mL syringe

Intubate Larynscope

Size 0 and Size 1 (and size 00, optional) blades with bright light

Endotracheal tubes, sizes 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0


End tidal CO2 detector

Laryngeal mask airway (size 1) and 5-mL syringe

Medicate Access to 1:10,000 epinephrine and normal saline

Supplies for administering meds and placing emergency umbilical venous catheter

Documentation supplies

Thermoregulate Plastic bag or plastic wrap

Chemically activated warming pad

Transport incubator ready



*Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 6th ed. 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association


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