In most U.S. hospitals, there is no guarantee that anyone working in the delivery room is specifically trained to resuscitate a newborn infant, said George Peckham, M.D., FAAP, chairman of the Task Force on Neonatal Resuscitation Education.

The task force is an AAP-American Heart Association (AHA) program, organized in 1980, to train delivery room personnel in neonatal resuscitation, Dr. Peckham said. They have trained several hundred physician-nurse teams who, in turn, train others in their communities.

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