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Minerva Pediatrica 2009 April;61(2):129-39

language: English

To improve survival: an overview of pediatric resuscitation and the updated PALS guidelines

Doniger S. J. 1, Sharieff G. Q. 2

1 Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Division of Emergency Medicine Department of Surgery Stanford University School of Medicine Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Palo Alto, CA, USA
2 Rady Children’s Hospital Emergency Care Center Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Palomar-Pomerado Health System and California Emergency Physicians, San Diego, CA, USA


The updated 2005 American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support guidelines aim to improve overall survival from cardiac arrest. These revised guidelines are result of extensive evaluation of scientific evidence and have become simplified to emphasize quality basic life support (BLS) and effective cardiac compressions. Successfully applied techniques of both basic and advanced life support are crucial in improving neonatal and pediatric resuscitation outcomes. This article reviews the scientific evidence and the updated management and treatment guidelines essential for the health care provider in caring for children with cardiac and respiratory arrest.

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