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Management of Paediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

According to O’Connor (2017), ‘mortality rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are 80 to 97% for infants and children’ while ‘mortality rates for in-hospital cardiac arrest for infants and children range between 40% and 65%’.With this in mind, it is important that nurses and other paediatric healthcare professionals continually review current resuscitation guidelines & recommendations and adequately prepare to ensure improved outcomes.

Course Overview

Arrests in the paediatric setting can be both stressful and upsetting for the family as well as the team involved in the resuscitation. Preparation and knowledge are key.

Learn and review the current resuscitation guidelines and the nursing roles & management of the paediatric patient in cardiopulmonary arrest.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Describe the initial response for an unconscious infant or child
  • Outline the steps in basic life support including Airway, Breathing and Circulation
  • Describe what would be required for advanced airway support of the infant and child
  • Discuss outcomes for children and infants following cardiac arrest

Course Content



First Published




1 hour

Dec 2019

Dec 2019

Feb 2022

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GLarson - Grace Larson

Grace Larson

Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse​ & Nurse Educator


Grace is a paediatric nurse with 12 years of experience in the paediatric intensive care environment. She completed a masters of nursing with a research project on the topic of analgesia and sedation in postoperative cardiac patients. Her roles have included those in education, quality and safety and recently she has been involved in the development of paediatric resuscitation courses for the Victorian branch of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.

Graces latest endeavour involves branching out with two colleagues to deliver education regarding the management of acute paediatrics to regional and rural centres in Victoria. The company PAEDS will provide tailored and affordable education to parts of Victoria that generally have less access to this specialised area.