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Advanced Paediatric Life Support: The Practical Approach, Australia and New Zealand, 5th Edition

Advanced Paediatric Life Support: The Practical Approach, Australia and New Zealand, 5th Edition

Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG)

ISBN: 978-1-118-28930-3 October 2012 BMJ Books 416 Pages




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. 

This edition has been adapted specifically for use in Australia and New Zealand, with the latest procedures, medications and clinical best practice to match the guidelines of the Australia and New Zealand Resuscitation Councils.

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 new and improved design including full colour photographs and diagrams
  • Fully adapted for use in Australia and New Zealand
  • New sections for Australasian-specific practice, including envenomation, burns, triage, neonatal resuscitation and formulary

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, xi

Preface to the Australia and New Zealand fifth edition, xiii

Preface to the first edition, 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, 35

Chapter 6 The management of cardiac arrest, 45

Part 3: The seriously ill child

Chapter 7 The structured approach to the seriously ill child, 59

Chapter 8 The child with breathing diffi culties, 74

Chapter 9 The child in shock, 95

Chapter 10 The child with an abnormal pulse rate or rhythm, 111

Chapter 11 The child with decreased conscious level, 120

Chapter 12 The convulsing child, 132

Part 4: The seriously injured child

Chapter 13 The structured approach to the seriously injured child, 145

Chapter 14 The child with chest injury, 163

Chapter 15 The child with abdominal injury, 170

Chapter 16 The child with trauma to the head, 173

Chapter 17 The child with injuries to the extremities or the spine, 182

Chapter 18 The burned or scalded child, 192

Chapter 19 The child with an electrical injury or drowning, 198

Part 5: Practical applications of APLS

Chapter 20 Practical procedures: airway and breathing, 207

Chapter 21 Practical procedures: circulation, 219

Chapter 22 Practical procedures: trauma, 231

Chapter 23 Interpreting trauma X-rays, 244

Chapter 24 Structured approach to stabilisation and transfer, 255

Chapter 25 Human factors, 267

Part 6: Appendices

Appendix A Acid–base balance, 279

Appendix B Fluid and electrolyte management, 285

Appendix C Child abuse and neglect, 297

Appendix D Prevention of injury in children, 303

Appendix E When a child dies, 307

Appendix F Management of pain in children, 310

Appendix G Triage, 318

Appendix H General approach to poisoning and envenomation, 323

Appendix I Resuscitation of the baby at birth, 337

Appendix J Formulary, 359

Index, 375