TOTW: Pediatric Cardiac Arrest and When to Transport
Posted on: May 30, 2022
The ALS PCS Cardiac Arrest Medical Directive allows for some clinical judgement when it comes to managing pediatric cardiac arrests. SWORBHP Medical council recommends scene management when it comes to rhythms that are amendable to defibrillation. In cases where defibrillation is not required (hypoxia, sepsis, etc.), paramedics can consider early transport.
This direction allows more paramedic flexibility in assessing each situation. We understand that there are many factors that impact the decision to transport or stay-and-play. Location of call (2 minutes from hospital versus ½ hour), underlying suspected cause of arrest, scope and experience of responders (PCP vs ACP etc). Documentation of your decision-making process is valuable so we can better understand and support your thinking and care when we review these calls.
For a deep dive on the evidence behind when to transport in pediatric cardiac arrest (and more!), check out the latest SWORBHP Podcast, with special guest Dr. Sara-Pier Piscopo, pediatric emergency medicine fellow.