The Pediatric Advanced Life Support recommendations were developed for otherwise healthy infants and children with normal cardiac anatomy. Patients with acquired and congenital heart disease require specific considerations that may differ from the Pediatric Advanced Life Support recommendations. Our aim is to present prearrest, arrest, and postarrest considerations that are unique to children with congenital and acquired heart disease.
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A clear understanding of the underlying anatomy and physiology of congenital and acquired heart disease is imperative in order to employ the appropriate modifications to the current Pediatric Advanced Life Support recommendations and to optimize outcomes.
1Department of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care Medicine and Cardiology, University of California School of Medicine, Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA.
2Department of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care Medicine and Cardiology, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.
Dr. Tabbutt served as a board member for ABP, CCM sub-board (travel and time reimbursement); provided expert testimony for review of cases (time reimbursement); and received support for travel as invited speaker to meetings (travel and accommodations only). Dr. Marino has disclosed that he does not have any potential conflicts of interest.
For information regarding this article, E-mail: Sarah.Tabbutt@ucsf.edu