das ABC des lebensbedrohlichen Kindernotfalls

Translated title of the contribution: The ABC of life-threatening pediatric emergencies

O. Heinzel*, J. Chr Schwindt, W. J. Eppich

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Resuscitation is extremely rare in pediatric practice. It is far more likely that a pediatrician will be confronted with an infant or child with a life-threatening illness of unclear etiology. Both the recognition of critical illness and implementation of rapid, effective intervention to reverse hypoxia and hemodynamic instability can prevent further deterioration and markedly improve the prognosis. Prompt intervention can possibly help avoid a situation in which resuscitation is necessary. When faced with a child in cardiopulmonary arrest, meticulous attention to basic life support has highest priority. Acute life-threatening emergencies in children involve a high cognitive load for providers and standardised algorithms promote a systematic approach. Periodic training in both medical management and non-technical skills such as communication, teamwork and use of resources plays a key role in effectively improving the quality of care in critically ill children.

Translated title of the contributionThe ABC of life-threatening pediatric emergencies
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)801-816
Number of pages16
JournalMonatsschrift fur Kinderheilkunde
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Education
  • Guidelines
  • Pediatric emergencies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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