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Paediatric Advanced Life Support: A Practical Guide for Nurses, 2nd Edition

Paediatric Advanced Life Support: A Practical Guide for Nurses, 2nd Edition

Philip Jevon

ISBN: 978-1-118-27463-7

Mar 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

264 pages



In the event of a paediatric cardiac arrest, it is essential to be able to respond rapidly, providing safe and effective care. The second edition of this successful text provides nurses with a practical and systematic guide to the rapid assessment and delivery of appropriate resuscitation to infants and children.
  • Conforms to current European Resuscitation Council Guidelines
  • Based on up-to-date research and evidence-based practice protocols
  • Synoptic approach enables rapid delivery of effective treatment
  • Written by experts in the field of both resuscitation and paediatrics

Paediatric Advanced Life Support is a succinct yet comprehensive guide and is an essential purchase for any health professional likely to encounter an emergency situation.

Foreword vii

Contributors viii

Chapter 1 An Overview of Paediatric Advanced Life Support 1

Chapter 2 Resuscitation Equipment for Paediatric Resuscitation 15

Chapter 3 Recognition of the Seriously Ill Child 23
Jayne Breakwell

Chapter 4 Paediatric Basic Life Support 36

Chapter 5 Airway Management and Ventilation 66

Chapter 6 ECG Recognition and Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias 103

Chapter 7 Defi brillation and Electrical Cardioversion 116

Chapter 8 Paediatric Advanced Life Support 134

Chapter 9 Management of Anaphylaxis 157

Chapter 10 Resuscitation in Special Situations 171

Chapter 11 Post-resuscitation Care 190

Chapter 12 Bereavement 205
Kirsti Soanes

Chapter 13 Records, Record-keeping and Audit 218

Chapter 14 Legal and Ethical Issues 222
Richard Griffith

Chapter 15 Resuscitation Training 237

Index 253

“In summary, this is a comprehensive and short text. It would be suitable for nurses and medical trainees in emergency medicine, paediatric specialties and anaesthesia.”  (The Irish Medical Journal, 1 March 2013)

""As such it makes an excellent source of reference for those involved in paediatric advanced life support . . . I would recommend this book to any health professional likely to encounter an emergency situation."" (Nursing Times, 6 December 2012)

""It is a fundamental resource, noticeably reworked from its first edition, and is suitable for practitioners who come into contact with children in their sphere of practice."" (Emergency Nurse, 1 October 2012)

""Practitioners are given an easily digestible and portable text focusing on emergency situations involving children and care provision . . . Sub-headings provide clear markers and references after each chapter encourage the reader to engage with literature more effectively and read around areas of interest."" (Nursing Children and Young People, 1 October 2012)

""As a PALS regional faculty instructor for the American Heart Association, I feel this U.K. book accurately reflects the revised PALS guidelines and meets its intent to serve as a pocket-sized guide for pediatric life support."" (Doody's, 10 August 2012)