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Witnessed Paeds Resus - your views

Tony Joseph tjoseph at ihug.com.au
Thu Apr 20 19:31:59 BST 2006

Dear Andrew
There is no set standard in this.
Paeds resususcitation is not that common so you must have a plan.
If you have experienced senior staff running the resus, it is fine for the
parents to stay in the room but you need to have someone with them
explaining what is happening.
We have on occasion had either a senior nurse or one of our social workers
stay with the parents while the resus is going on and there is usually not a
problem whatever the outcome.
Just put yourself in the parent's position , where would you want to be ?
Tony Joseph

On 21/4/06 3:21 AM, "Andrew Davidson" <0507162D at student.gla.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dear All
> Following a recent discussion with some fellow med students regarding
> witnessed resuscitation in paediatric trauma/arrest - I was interested to hear
> the views of those more qualified than myself!
> Bearing in mind the following (non-typical) scenario:
> Father arrives at ED carrying 6 year old child - involved in vehicle versus
> pedestrian MVA. Father transported child to hospital - no EMS involvement.
> Nursing staff take child from father and rush her to resuscitation area and
> issue a trauma call. The child is making no respiratory effort, is mutiply
> injured and is in cardiac arrest. The frantic father demands to be present for
> the resuscitation attempt but is asked to remain outside - much to his
> distress.
> I have read with interest various published materials regarding witness adult
> resus - but was interested to hear your views (and experiences) regarding
> paeds patients.
> Andrew
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