Exosurf Neonatal
Classifications: lung surfactant;
Therapeutic: lung surfactant

Prototype: Beractant
Pregnancy Category: Not applicable


108 mg powder for injection


Synthetic lung surfactant. Endogenous pulmonary surfactant lowers surface tension on alveolar surfaces during respiration and stabilizes the alveoli against collapse at resting pressures. Colfosceril lowers minimum surface tension on alveolar surfaces and restores pulmonary compliance and oxygenation in premature infants.

Therapeutic Effect

Helps to reverse the effects of the deficiency of surfactant that causes respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature infants.


Prophylactic treatment of infants with birth weights <1350 g who are at risk of developing RDS. Prophylactic therapy of infants with birth weights >1350 g who show evidence of pulmonary immaturity.

Unlabeled Uses

Rescue treatment of infants with established RDS; RDS in adults.


Infants who have major congenital abnormalities or who are suspected of having congenital infections.

Route & Dosage

Infant: Intratracheal 3 doses of 5 mL/kg are recommended, with the first dose being given as soon as possible after birth and repeat doses 12 and 24 h later to infants who remain on mechanical ventilation

Rescue Therapy
Infant: Intratracheal 2 doses of 5 mL/kg are recommended, the first dose being initiated as soon as the diagnosis of RDS is confirmed and the second 12 h later in infants remaining on mechanical ventilation


  • Reconstitute immediately before use if possible. Use only supplied diluent for reconstitution.
  • Reconstitute as follows: (1) withdraw diluent with 18–19-gauge needle attached to 10–12-mL syringe; (2) inject into vial by allowing vacuum to draw diluent in; (3) do not withdraw needle and aspirate as much of solution as possible back into syringe; (4) maintain vacuum and quickly release plunger. Repeat steps 3 and 4 three or four times to ensure adequate mixing.
  • Reconstituted drug is a milky white suspension. Gently shake if needed to resuspend it.
  • Withdraw entire ordered dose into syringe while maintaining vacuum in vial.
  • Before administration of drug, ensure that endotracheal tube tip is in the trachea.
  • Before administration of drug, the infant should be suctioned. If possible, avoid suctioning for 2 h after drug administration.
  • Drug is administered without interrupting mechanical ventilation. Use side port on the endotracheal tube adaptor.
  • Administer dose in halves, each half over 1–2 min. Give first half dose with head in midline position; then turn head and torso to the right. Wait 30 s; then return to midline position for second half dose. Give each dose in short bursts timed with inspiration. After second half dose, turn head and torso to left for 30 s; then return to midline.
  • Slow or stop drug administration and adjust ventilator rate or FIO2 if any of the following occur: heart rate decreases, infant becomes dusky or agitated, or O2 saturation drops.
  • Store at 15°–30° C (59°–86° F) in a dry place. Reconstituted solution is stable for 12 h.

INCOMPATIBILITIES Solution/additive: Do not mix any antibiotics with surfactant; this may inactivate surfactant.

Adverse Effects (≥1%)

CV: Bradycardia, tachycardia. Respiratory: Decreased oxygen saturation, mucous plugging, apnea, pulmonary hemorrhage.


Drug: No clinically significant interactions established.


Absorption: Absorbed from the alveolus into lung tissue. Duration: At least 7 d. Distribution: Distributes uniformly to all lobes of the lung, distal airways, and alveolar spaces. Metabolism: Recycled and metabolized exclusively in the lungs. Half-Life: 20–36 h.

Nursing Implications

Assessment & Drug Effects

  • During administration of drug, continuous ECG and transcutaneous monitoring are required. Also monitor chest expansion and facial expression.
  • Monitor pulmonary function during administration. Rapid changes may require immediate adjustment of peak inspiratory pressure, ventilator rate, or FIO2.
  • Monitor continuously for 30 min following administration. Frequent arterial blood gas sampling is required to prevent hyperoxia and hypocarbia.

Common adverse effects in italic, life-threatening effects underlined; generic names in bold; classifications in SMALL CAPS; Canadian drug name; Prototype drug

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