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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 97-102

Child with absent vital signs

Division of Critical Care M edicine, University of Fiorida HSC/J acksonville, J acksonville, Florida, USA

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The outcome of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the child with absent vital signs is dismal. Best outcomes, therefore, should rely early recognition and aggressive management ( critical illness to interrupt deterioration to cardiorespiratory arrest. Moreover, resuscitation entails a spectrum of care starting with cardiopulnwua1y resuscitation at the site injury through critical care and post resuscitation rehabilitation. The resources required provide this level of care is not available in many parts ( /the world. Therefore, resuscitation skills should he taught to care-givers at a level which is congruent to their role in the continuum f / care and the use ( /aggressive resuscitation needs he tailored based 011 geography; risk to medical personnel, preservation ( l resources, /1.\plantation issues and expected outcomes. In some cases, the most prudent decision may be not to attempt resuscitation f/ the child with absent vital signs.

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