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Arch Pediatr. 2008 Feb;15(2):211-5. doi: 10.1016/j.arcped.2007.10.011. Epub 2008 Jan 11.

[Life-threatening event].

[Article in French]

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Unité fonctionnelle, médecine d'urgence, hôpital Necker-Enfants-Malades, 149 rue de Sèvres, Paris, France.


Life-threatening event of infant is rare, but represents for parents or his family, a greater distress, because life of child seems threatened quickly. It is a savage event, that usually affects vital parameters of infant under six months' age. Knowing how to use the first gestures of aid before arrival of voluntary firemen, then that of Service mobile d'urgence et de réanimation (SMUR) team, who have been mobilized quickly after calling 15 (French 911), is the main aim of the practitioner. The hospitalization is obligatory to oversee infant (recurrence always possible) on clinical plan and adequate equipment in order to find the aetiology which caused the life-threatening event. In spite of deep explorations, sometimes aetiology remains unknown.

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