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Paediatric drowning: a standard operating procedure to aid the prehospital management of paediatric cardiac arrest resulting from submersion

Best, Rebecca, Harris, Benjamin, Walsh, Jason and Manfield, Timothy 2020. Paediatric drowning: a standard operating procedure to aid the prehospital management of paediatric cardiac arrest resulting from submersion. Pediatric Emergency Care 36 (3) , pp. 143-146. 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001169

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Abstract

Objectives: Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children. Resuscitating a child following submersion is a highpressure situation, and standard operating procedures can reduce error. Currently, the Resuscitation Council UK guidance does not include a standard operating procedure on paediatric drowning. The objective of this project was to design a standard operating procedure to improve outcomes of drowned children. Methods: A literature review on the management of paediatric drowning was conducted. Relevant publications were used to develop a standard operating procedure for management of paediatric drowning. Results: A concise standard operating procedure was developed for resuscitation following paediatric submersion. Specific recommendations include: the Heimlich manoeuvre should not be used in this context; however, prolonged resuscitation and therapeutic hypothermia are recommended. Conclusions: This standard operating procedure is a potentially useful adjunct to the Resuscitation Council UK guidance and should be considered for incorporation into its next iteration.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paediatrics; Drowning; Standard Operating Procedure; Checklist; Prehospital
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
ISSN: 0749-5161
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 8 February 2017
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 18:21
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/98335

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