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Advanced Paediatric Life Support: A Practical Approach to Emergencies, 7th Edition

ISBN: 9781119716136



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The gold standard for treating paediatric emergencies

Advanced Paediatric Life Support: A Practical Approach to Emergencies is the internationally renowned manual on emergency paediatric care. Written to support the course run by the Advanced Life Support Group, the book uses their structured approach: a tried and tested practical method of treating children during the crucial first few hours of a life-threatening illness or injury. Advanced Paediatric Life Support is used by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals dealing with emergencies in children. Its clear layout and straightforward style make it a highly practical tool both for training and in the event of an emergency.

In the seventh edition you will find descriptions of both common and uncommon paediatric emergencies which you may encounter in clinical practice, their causes, and how to best treat them during the first hours after presentation.

This book offers a thoroughly evidence-based approach to its subject, which includes:

  • The latest International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) 2021 guidelines
  • A thorough introduction to the structured approach to paediatric emergencies, including important non-technical skills and communication
  • Comprehensive explorations of the seriously ill child, including airway and breathing, circulation, decreased consciousness, seizures and exposure
  • Practical discussions of the seriously injured child, including examinations of chest, abdominal, brain and spinal injuries
  • Evidence-based life support treatment and the practical application of the Advanced Paediatric Life Support structured management

Perfect for emergency care physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals, Advanced Paediatric Life Support: A Practical Approach to Emergencies will also benefit paediatric clinicians, doctors-in-training and anyone else with an interest in the team management and treatment of paediatric emergencies.


Foreword xii

Preface to the first edition xvii

Preface to the seventh edition xix

Acknowledgements xx

Contact details and further information xxi

How to use your textbook xxii

PART 1: Introduction 1

1 Introduction and structured approach to paediatric emergencies

2 Getting it right — non-technical skills and communications

PART 2: The seriously ill child

3 Structured approach to the seriously ill child

4 Airway and Breathing

5 Circulation

6 Decreased conscious level (with or without seizures)

7 Exposure — external

PART 3: The seriously injured child

8 Structured approach to the seriously injured child

9 The child with chest injury

10 The child with abdominal injury

11 The child with traumatic brain injury

12 The child with injuries to the extremities or the spine

13 The burned or scalded child

14 The child with an electrical injury

15 Special considerations

PART 4: Life support

16 Basic life support

17 Support of the airway and ventilation

18 Management of cardiac arrest

PART 5: Practical application of APLS

19 Practical procedures: airway and breathing

20 Practical procedures: circulation

21 Practical procedures: trauma

22 Imaging in trauma

23 Structured approach to stabilisation and transfer

PART 6: Appendices

Appendix A Acid-base balance and blood gas interpretation

Appendix B Fluid and electrolyte management

Appendix C Paediatric Trauma Checklist

Appendix D Safeguarding

Appendix E Advance Decisions and End of Life

Appendix F General approach to poisoning and envenomation

Appendix G Resuscitation of the baby at birth

Appendix H Drowning

Appendix I Point of care ultrasound

Appendix J Formulary