Helping Babies Breathe: From Implementation to Impact

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In this issue of Pediatrics, the article “Implementation of the Helping Babies Breathe Training Program: A Systematic Review” by Morris et al1 provides a detailed review of the body of literature that has come together since the launch of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) one decade ago.

This report explores the efficacy of the HBB training program, associated newborn outcomes, implementation strategies, and quality improvement efforts to ensure that HBB achieves its intended goal. This review compiles experience from around the globe, with articles representing a diverse range of clinical environments and cultures.

In the thoughtful compilation of the available literature, it is striking that publications on HBB’s impact on skill acquisition, knowledge, and practices far outnumber those on clinical outcomes. This fact highlights the need for further study of HBB’s impact, both in terms of neonatal morbidity and mortality, in the decade to come.

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