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.
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.