False-positive results on colorimetric carbon dioxide analysis in neonatal resuscitation: Potential for serious patient harm

S. M. Hughes, B. L. Blake, S. L. Woods, C. U. Lehmann

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A term infant requiring resuscitation was found to have a false-positive color change on a colorimetric carbon dioxide device as a result of administration of epinephrine via an endotracheal tube. Using models of direct application and vapor exposure with a test lung, we discovered that epinephrine, atropine, infasurf and naloxone may result in false-positive color change. This false-positive response may lead to delayed recognition of esophageal intubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)800-801
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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