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.



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.



The purpose of this learning activity is to provide paediatric nurses with an understanding of how to manage the patient in cardiopulmonary arrest.


Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the initial response for an unconscious infant or child
  • Outline the steps in basic life support including Airway, Breathing and Circulation
  • Identify shockable from non-shockable rhythms and outline the steps in the Australian Resuscitation Council’s shockable and non-shockable algorithm for advanced life support
  • Describe what would be required for advanced airway support of the infant and child
  • Discuss outcomes for children and infants following cardiac arrest


Who is this for?

This course is most relevant to nurses of any specialty who encounter children.



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.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson / 1 quiz Time: 1 hour
  • Management of Paediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation  0/2

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