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Advanced Paediatric Life Support is the internationally renowned manual on emergency paediatric care, written to support the course run by the Advanced Life Support Group. Using their structured approach, a tried and tested practical method of treating children during the crucial first few hours of a life threatening illness or injury, Advanced Paediatric Life Support is used by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals dealing with emergencies in children. Its clear layout and straightforward style make it a highly practical tool both for training and in the event of an emergency.

The sixth edition includes major new features bringing it right up to date, including:

  • The latest International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) 2015 Guidelines
  • The latest consensus guidelines on paediatric trauma
  • Enhanced discussions on the importance of human factors
  • A new and improved design including full colour photographs and diagrams
  • Free access to the Wiley E-Text

With this book at hand, all those providing care during paediatric emergencies can be confident in having comprehensive and authoritative guidance on the recognition and management of life threatening conditions necessary to save a child's life.

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The Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG), Manchester UK, began life in 1990 and became a registered medical education charity in 1993. The organisation exists to "preserve life by providing training and education to the general public and in particular but not exclusively to doctors, nurses and other members of the medical profession, in life saving techniques".
The book is written and edited by Emergency Medicine specialists who are Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) trainers.


Clinical conditions list vii

Working group x

Contributors xii

Preface to the first edition xvii

Preface to the sixth edition xix

Acknowledgements xx

Contact details and further information xxi

How to use your textbook xxii

PART 1: Introduction 1

1 Introduction 3

2 Structured approach to paediatric emergencies 13

3 Human factors 23

PART 2: The seriously ill child 33

4 Structured approach to the seriously ill child 35

5 The child with breathing difficulties 49

6 The child in shock 67

7 The child with an abnormal pulse rate or rhythm 81

8 The child with a decreased conscious level 89

9 The convulsing child 99

PART 3: The seriously injured child 107

10 Introduction to the seriously injured child 109

11 Structured approach to the seriously injured child 115

12 The child with chest injury 127

13 The child with abdominal injury 135

14 The child with traumatic brain injury 139

15 The child with injuries to the extremities or the spine 147

16 The burned or scalded child 155

17 The child with an electrical injury or drowning 161

PART 4: Life support 167

18 Basic life support 169

19 Support of the airway and ventilation 185

20 Management of cardiac arrest 199

PART 5: Practical application of APLS 209

21 Practical procedures: airway and breathing 211

22 Practical procedures: circulation 225

23 Practical procedures: trauma 239

24 Imaging in trauma 249

25 Structured approach to stabilisation and transfer 255

PART 6: Appendices 267

Appendix A Acid–base balance 269

Appendix B Fluid and electrolyte management 281

Appendix C Child abuse and neglect 291

Appendix D When a child dies 299

Appendix E General approach to poisoning and envenomation 303

Appendix F Resuscitation of the baby at birth 317

Appendix G Formulary 333

Index 351