Paediatrics: Cardiopulmonary arrest

2021-03-10 12:00 AM

Cardiopulmonary arrest in children often develops as a progression of respiratory failure and shock.

Cardiopulmonary arrest

Cardiopulmonary arrest in children often develops as a progression of respiratory failure and shock. The outcome of out-of-hospital arrest is poor, but respiratory arrest alone is associated with a rate of survival of 80%.

In the hospital, even though the unexpected cardiac arrest is now a rare event (1 per 5000 paediatric admissions), it is important that events or signs that may lead to an arrest are recognized early. Children with any of the features in Table 4.1 warrant urgent medical review.