Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4108 | Pediatric Cardiac Arrest – Part A

Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4108 | Pediatric Cardiac Arrest

Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4108 | Pediatric Cardiac Arrest starts with the introduction to the topic. This course starts with the introduction to the topic and the course is in two parts.

Part one will deal with the pathology and management of pediatric cardiac arrest, while part two will deal exclusively with the AHA guidelines regarding management, both pre-hospital and in-hospital.

The lessons covered in Part 1 are 

  • Lesson 1:   Pediatric Cardiac Arrest.
  • Lesson 2:   Pediatric Cardiac Arrest: Causes and Recognition.
  • Lesson 3:   Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Rhythms.
  • Lesson 4:   Pediatric BLS.
  • Lesson 5:   Pediatric ALS.
  • Lesson 6:   Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm.
  • Lesson 7:   Pediatric Cardiac Arrest: Special Circumstances.
  • Lesson 8:   Social And Ethical Issues.

The lessons covered in Part 2 are 

  • Lesson 9:   AHA Guidelines Part 1.
  • Lesson 10: AHA Guidelines Part 2.
  • Lesson 11: AHA Guidelines Part 3. and,
  • Lesson 12: AHA Guidelines Part 4.

Core Concepts & Takeaways

  • Apply ALS management skills during a pediatric cardiac arrest:
    • Airway management.
    • Vascular access. And,
  • Investigate the unique causes of pediatric cardiac arrest.
  • Demonstrate the current techniques of one- and two-rescuer CPR.
  • Demonstrate the current techniques of pediatric cardiac arrest management.

An excerpt from the course Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4108 | Pediatric Cardiac Arrest 

Ventricular Fibrillation is characterized by the rapid, uncoordinated quivering of the ventricles instead of the normal, forceful contraction. This motion is not synchronized with atrial contractions.  The heart does not pump blood, so pulses are not palpable.  A VT may precede a VF.

Only 5%-15% of pediatric cardiac arrests have VF as the initial rhythm, making it uncommon.  However, its prevalence could be higher as VF may occur early during an arrest before quickly deteriorating to asystole.

VF could occasionally occur in otherwise healthy teens during sports activities without previously known underlying causes.  The cause could be undiagnosed cardiac abnormality or channelopathy.   A sudden impact to the chest from a collision or a moving object may result in commotio cordis, leading to VF.  An arrest occurs when a nonpenetrating object, such as a baseball, hockey puck, or karate blow, strikes a child. The blow is most likely critical if it is over the center of the left ventricle. Because this results in VF and collapse, the presence of an AED is critical.

As always, consider the Hs and Ts for reversible causes.

Important Notes:

  • If you only want to take the online course for CME credit, you can pay here.  The fee for online-only does NOT include a skills session nor (re)certification.  You will receive a certificate for one CME credit after successful completion of the course.
  • This course is part of the Paramedic Recertification  curriculum.  If you sign up for one of those courses, you will be automatically enrolled in this course. Click here for scheduled courses.
  • To get credit for this course, you must watch all the lessons in their entirety, the course review, and pass the quiz at the end with a score of 75% or better.

Course Curriculum

Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4108 | Pediatric Cardiac Arrest – Part A

  • Lesson 0 – Introduction
  • Lesson 1 – Pediatric Cardiac Arrest
  • Lesson 2 – Causes and Recognition
  • Lesson 3 – Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Rhythms
  • Lesson 4 – Pediatric Basic Life Support
  • Lesson 5 – Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Lesson 6 – Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm
  • Lesson 7 – Special Circumstances
  • Lesson 8 – Social and Ethical Issues
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