What is it about?

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise. A similar rise has been seen in children admitted to pediatric intensive care units. Lifesaving techniques like using a tube to aid breathing are used to revive patients with lung or heart failure. However, lifesaving techniques for pediatric patients require timely action. They also pose the risk of exposure to healthcare workers. This article provides guidelines to healthcare workers to revive pediatric COVID-19 patients. This advice includes using personal protective clothing and preventive gear. The article also suggests simulation videos and educational materials for healthcare workers. The model has been designed to minimize the spread of virus particles.

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Why is it important?

Present guidelines on revival measures should be tweaked for critical COVID-19 patients. These must focus on protecting the medical staff through preventive measures. At the same time, patient care should not be compromised. Exposure to COVID-19 can be decreased by reducing medical equipment and staff and controlling environmental factors. The guidelines in this study can be extended toward COVID-related care in many settings. KEY TAKEAWAY: The model and guidelines in this study can help manage critical COVID-19 patients, while ensuring the safety of medical workers.

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This page is a summary of: CPR during COVID-19: Use of Expert-driven Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice to Implement PALS Guidelines, Pediatric Quality and Safety, December 2020, Wolters Kluwer Health, DOI: 10.1097/pq9.0000000000000374.
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