Resuscitation of children and adults differs in a number of ways, including the appropriate time to activate the emergency response system, initiate rescue breathing, and use defibrillation. Children who collapse suddenly are likely experiencing ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (PVT), which requires immediate CPR. The ability to use a defibrillator safely and effectively on a pediatric patient experiencing cardiac arrest is essential to providing quality care.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0000 Advanced CEH by Relias LLC, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
Florida Board of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)
Tennessee Department of Health: Emergency Medical Services (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)
Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Defibrillation
What is Defibrillation?
Types of Defibrillators
Shockable Arrhythmias in the Pediatric Population
Importance of Early and Rapid Defibrillation
Section 3: Administering Appropriate Pediatric Defibrillation
Overall Presentation of SCA in Children
Appropriate Shock Dose and Regimens
Additional Considerations When Defibrillating
Section 4: Team Strategies to Improve Survival
Team Briefing and Debriefing
Section 5: Clinical Vignette
Pediatric Code Example of Defibrillator Use
Section 6: Conclusion
Instructor: Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN
Stephanie has over 17 years of clinical and teaching experience. Her areas of expertise are in neonatal intensive care, general pediatrics, home health, and children with medical complexities. She earned her Master's in nursing from Chamberlain University in 2022. Her professional practice is guided by Jean Watson's philosophy that, "Caring is the essence of nursing."Disclosure: Stephanie Whitfield, MSN, RN, CPN has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
Rhoda Phillips is a SME/content writer for Relias. She completed her BSN with top honors at Regis University. Rhoda earned her MSN in nursing education from Capella University and graduated summa cum laude. She also maintains a certified emergency nursing certification (CEN). Rhoda’s experience includes over 18 years in direct patient care as a staff and charge nurse in emergency departments, med-surg units, observation, critical care, and long-term care. She has also served as a nursing school clinical instructor, a clinical educator in the emergency department and most recently as clinical educator for multiple med-surg units.Disclosure: Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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