Advanced Paediatric Life Support: The Practical Approach / Edition 4

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This internationally acclaimed bestseller covers the ALSG's three-day course on advanced paediatric life support, with the 'core sections' for the abbreviated one-day course also highlighted. It provides practical guidance for managing children and infants in the life-threatening first "golden" hour, presenting the first principles of recognising life threatening conditions through all the procedures necessary to save a child's life. This new edition includes the 2010 European Resuscitation Council Guidelines, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health new neurological guidelines. It also includes sections on stabilisation and transfer, BestBETs and other evidence-based references throughout, as well as updated material at

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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"It is written by eminent clinicians and endorsed by service users and specialist forums. . . Terminology if clear and concise with rationale for clinical procedures explored clearly. The inclusion of a clinical conditions list is useful and makes cross referencing easy for the reader." (Nursing Children and Young People, 1 October 2011)

“Written to be experts in the field, it provides the core foundations for the UK advanced paediatric life support course.  I recommend this resource for all staff working with children.”  (Nursing Standard, 1 September 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727918475
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/8/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Clinical Conditions List.

Working Group.


Preface to the Fifth Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.


Contact Details and Further Information.


Chapter 1 Introduction.

Chapter 2 Why treat children differently?

Chapter 3 Structured approach to emergency paediatrics.


Chapter 4 Basic life support.

Chapter 5 Advanced support of the airway and ventilation.

Chapter 6 The management of cardiac arrest.


Chapter 7 The structured approach to the seriously ill child.

Chapter 8 The child with breathing difficulties.

Chapter 9 The child in shock.

Chapter 10 The child with an abnormal pulse rate or rhythm.

Chapter 11 The child with a decreased conscious level.

Chapter 12 The convulsing child.


Chapter 13 The structured approach to the seriously injured child.

Chapter 14 The child with chest injury.

Chapter 15 The child with abdominal injury.

Chapter 16 The child with trauma to the head.

Chapter 17 The child with injuries to the extremities or the spine.

Chapter 18 The burned or scalded child.

Chapter 19 The child with an electrical injury or drowning


Chapter 20 Practical procedures – airway and breathing.

Chapter 21 Practical procedures – circulation.

Chapter 22 Practical procedures – trauma.

Chapter 23 Interpreting trauma X-rays.

Chapter 24 Structured approach to stabilisation and transfer.

Chapter 25 Human factors.


Appendix A Acid.

Appendix B Fluid and electrolyte management.

Appendix C Child abuse.

Appendix D Prevention of injury in children.

Appendix E When a child dies.

Appendix F Management of pain in children.

Appendix G Triage.

Appendix H General approach to poisoning and envenomation.

Appendix I Resuscitation of the baby at birth.

Appendix J Formulary.


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