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Pediatr Clin North Am. 1994 Dec;41(6):1147-82.

Mastering pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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Department of Pediatrics, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan.


Premature and unexpected death, especially in children, is tragic and very unacceptable. Effective treatments for sudden death of pediatric patients continue to emerge. Modern cardiopulmonary resuscitation function began with the widespread introduction of closed-chest cardiac massage in 1960; however, despite 35 years of research and refinement, more than 90% of children who receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation do not survive. This article summarizes and expands on current treatment concepts for pediatric sudden death. Emphasis is placed on procedures and techniques that likely are accessible in most medical centers caring for critically ill and injured children.

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