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Advanced Paediatric Life Support: The Practical Approach, 5th Edition



Advanced Paediatric Life Support: The Practical Approach, 5th Edition

Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG)

ISBN: 978-1-444-34020-4 March 2011 BMJ Books 404 Pages

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This international bestselling book on acute paediatric care is the coursebook for the Advanced Life Support Group’s Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS). It uses their practical approach, a tried and tested method of treating children during the crucial first few hours of a life threatening condition. Advanced Paediatric Life Support is used in emergency and paediatric departments, by physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, and its clear layout and straightforward style make it a highly practical tool both for training and in the event of an emergency.

The fifth edition includes major new features bringing it right up to date, including:

  • The latest International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) 2010 Guidelines
  • A discussion on the importance of human factors
  • A new and improved design including full colour photographs and diagrams

With this book at hand, paediatric and emergency staff can be confident in having comprehensive and authoritative guidance on the first principles of recognising life threatening conditions through to all the procedures necessary to save a child’s life.

Clinical conditions list vii

Working group ix

Contributors x

Preface to the fifth edition xii

Preface to the first edition xiii

Acknowledgements xiv

Contact details and further information xv

Part 1: Introduction

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Chapter 2 Why treat children differently? 7

Chapter 3 Structured approach to emergency paediatrics 14

Part 2: Life support

Chapter 4 Basic life support 19

Chapter 5 Advanced support of the airway and ventilation 34

Chapter 6 The management of cardiac arrest 43

Part 3: The seriously ill child

Chapter 7 The structured approach to the seriously ill child 55

Chapter 8 The child with breathing difficulties 70

Chapter 9 The child in shock 91

Chapter 10 The child with an abnormal pulse rate or rhythm 107

Chapter 11 The child with a decreased conscious level 116

Chapter 12 The convulsing child 128

Part 4: The seriously injured child

Chapter 13 The structured approach to the seriously injured child 139

Chapter 14 The child with chest injury 158

Chapter 15 The child with abdominal injury 165

Chapter 16 The child with trauma to the head 169

Chapter 17 The child with injuries to the extremities or the spine 178

Chapter 18 The burned or scalded child 188

Chapter 19 The child with an electrical injury or drowning 194

Part 5: Practical application of APLS

Chapter 20 Practical procedures: airway and breathing 203

Chapter 21 Practical procedures: circulation 217

Chapter 22 Practical procedures: trauma 229

Chapter 23 Interpreting trauma X-rays 239

Chapter 24 Structured approach to stabilisation and transfer 250

Chapter 25 Human factors 262

Part 6: Appendices

Appendix A Acid–base balance 273

Appendix B Fluid and electrolyte management 279

Appendix C Child abuse and neglect 290

Appendix D Prevention of injury in children 299

Appendix E When a child dies 303

Appendix F Management of pain in children 306

Appendix G Triage 314

Appendix H General approach to poisoning and envenomation 317

Appendix I Resuscitation of the baby at birth 330

Appendix J Formulary 343

Index 366

"It is written by eminent clinicians and endorsed by service users and specialist forums. . . Terminology if clear and concise with rationale for clinical procedures explored clearly. The inclusion of a clinical conditions list is useful and makes cross referencing easy for the reader." (Nursing Children and Young People, 1 October 2011)

“Written to be experts in the field, it provides the core foundations for the UK advanced paediatric life support course.  I recommend this resource for all staff working with children.”  (Nursing Standard, 1 September 2012)