• I was just wondering if SWORBHP is still maintaining the same stance for pediatric medical cardiac arrest (as discussed in the May 2022 Tip of the Week and other posts) for the new medical cardiac arrest directive in ALS PCS version 5.0? Is paramedic judgement still recommended for rhythms not amendable by defibrillation or is it expected that we run the cardiac arrest on scene for the full 20 minutes? I understand the research is trending towards scene times longer than 10 minutes for pediatrics (in some studies) and that earlier epinephrine administration has been associated with ROSC but this also leaves PCP only rural services in a very difficult grey zone to be addressed. I am by no means advocating for a “scoop and run” mentality (the new wording in the directive rules that out quite nicely) but any further guidance or clarification is greatly appreciated!

    Published On: April 17, 2023
  • Good day, forgive me if Im mis-reading this, but CPER digest Oct 2021 just published an info-graphic suggestive of staying on scene to run a complete 4 analyses in the case of a pediatric cardiac arrest with a suspected cause/history which is highly suggestive of hypoxia/respiratory in origin. The rationale that theyre presenting is that youve got an arrest where CPR and artificial respirations are our best bet for reversing the cause of the arrest. Any discussion related to this? I believe that our current SWORBHP directives are to depart after 1 analysis for a suspected reversible cause of arrest, (unless the rhythm is shockable). Thanks for any clarification that you can provide.

    Published On: March 30, 2022
  • Question: For a pediatric VSA do you stay and run the full cardiac arrest, (4 analysis) or should you depart scene after the first analysis if they are in a non-shockable rhythm? PCP question.

    Published On: March 4, 2021