Your Hand is Their Heart
Brought to you by:
Dr. Joelle Donofrio-Odmann and Dr. Joseph Finney
We are excited to be back with our second episode. In this episode, we tackle a really powerful topic in prehospital medicine, pediatric out of hospital cardiac arrest. Every paramedic will tell you that this is one of the toughest calls they’ll ever go on. But it doesn't have to be. Join us as we will breakdown all the important steps necessary to give your patient the best chance of survival. Our guests are experts in prehospital medicine, resuscitation, and critical care. Together, we will guide you through this anxiety provoking topic and ensure that you have all the tools you need to successfully manage the next pediatric out of hospital cardiac arrest. But we wont stop there! We will take you into the ICU for post-cardiac arrest care and even discuss what the future holds for out of hospital cardiac arrest. You won't hear me say this often but when it comes to pediatric out of hospital cardiac arrest, it's time to start treating children like little adults.
Content Experts: Paul Banerjee, Katherine Remick, Steve Laffey, Gina Pellerito, Matt Murray, Helen Harvey
B-side Narrator: Joseph Finney
Editing and Publication: Phil Moy and Joseph Finney
Current Landscape of Pediatric Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest:
The Pediatric Readiness Project
Check out this link for all the information your emergency department will need to ensure they are pediatric ready. We all need to make sure our hospital is ready for any patient and this means preparing for the next pediatric cardiac arrest.
American Heart Association
Here you can find information for training and education to make sure your agency has the knowledge and skills to manage a pediatric patient in cardiac arrest. We strongly encourage every agency to maintain certification in PALS.
Early Epi is Key!!
Andersen LW, Berg KM, Saindon BZ, Massaro JM, Raymond TT, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM, Donnino MW; American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines–Resuscitation Investigators. Time to Epinephrine and Survival After Pediatric In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. JAMA. 2015 Aug 25;314(8):802-10. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.9678. PMID: 26305650; PMCID: PMC6191294.
Delay of epi >5min leads to decrease ROSC and decrease survival with favorable neurologic outcome
Get the epi in right away!
Get on scene and get to work:
Banerjee PR, Ganti L, Pepe PE, Singh A, Roka A, Vittone RA. Early On-Scene Management of Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Can Result in Improved Likelihood for Neurologically-Intact Survival. Resuscitation. 2019 Feb;135:162-167. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2018.11.002. Epub 2018 Nov 6. PMID: 30412719.
This is a study of Polk County Fire and Rescue EMS database pre and post intervention. Polk County is a huge EMS agency in Florida with robust QI and data collection that has prompted several high profile publications.
In the study, the first group of data was collected between 2012-2013 when standard practice was for ALS interventions to occur enroute to ED and the second group was between 2014-2015 when there was a change for this agency to perform ALS interventions on scene after specialized training
There were 4 targeted Interventions instituted in 2014
They found that Neuro intact survival increased from 0% to 23.2% between the two groups
Time on Scene:
Tijssen, Janice A et al. “Time on the scene and interventions are associated with improved survival in pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.” Resuscitation vol. 94 (2015): 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.06.012
Other interesting findings:
****Important to note, patients were included if ANY EMS resuscitation was undertaken even if they were subsequently discontinued****, this matters because scene time less than 10 min had poor outcomes and it's unclear if this is because the resuscitation was deemed futile and terminated. Further, scene time <10min had fewer witnessed events, shockable rhythms, attempts at advanced airway, IV/IO attempts, and medications given compared to those with longer scene times.
ETT vs SGA (in OHCA)
Hansen ML, Lin A, Eriksson C, Daya M, McNally B, Fu R, Yanez D, Zive D, Newgard C; CARES surveillance group. A comparison of pediatric airway management techniques during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest using the CARES database. Resuscitation. 2017 Nov;120:51-56. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.08.015. Epub 2017 Aug 22. PMID: 28838781; PMCID: PMC5660668.
Conclusion: BVM is associated with higher survival to hospital discharge and increased neuro-intact survival compared to ETI and SGA.
Special thank you to all our guests and content experts!