Resus Recess: Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Literature Review

Brought to you by The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) and The Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC)

Hosts: Dr. Joelle Donofrio-Odmann and Dr. Joseph Finney


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In this episode we bring you two experts in pediatric prehospital care who are working tirelessly to identify why caring for children in cardiac arrest is so unique and so challenging. Join us as we review two papers that shed light on this critical care scenario and offer opportunities to elevate care for you and your agency.

Content Experts: Joelle Donofrio-Odmann, DO and Joseph Finney, MD

Guest Experts:

Matt Hansen, MD

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 Carl Errikson, MD

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Papers reviewed in this episode:

Take home points:

  • Caring for children is challenging, strive to find ways to offload the cognitive burden of pediatric resuscitation
  • It isn’t just about training, you have to go deeper into education, skill performance, and simplification of tasks
  • Do the basic skills well! BVM and CPR are basic skills, but frequently performed incorrectly and unsafely. 
  • Do your homework. Matt and Carl work to bring you the very best in evidence based pediatric care. Do your part in reading and understanding how this work can inform your own care of children. 


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