Pre-Hospital Paediatric Life Support - A PracticalApproach to Emergencies, 3rd Edition
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This practical book, written especially for pre-hospital staff, provides all the information needed to deal with children in life threatening situations before arriving at hospital. Complementing the best-selling Advanced Paediatric Life Support, this new edition reflects recent developments in practice, and covers the indispensable knowledge required for paediatric emergency care in the pre-hospital setting.

Fully updated, this manual includes new information to aid both civilian and military personnel, as well as material on all stages of pre-hospital care; from recognition and practical procedures to the important issues of paediatric practice in the field.

  • Quick-to-follow algorithms of ‘at-the-scene’ procedures
  • Based upon the protocols that ensure a smooth transfer from pre-hospital to hospital care
  • Internationally recognised course training resource

Offering an authoritative guide to the care of the seriously ill or injured child, Pre-Hospital Paediatric Life Support is an essential tool for ambulance staff, general practitioners and community healthcare workers.


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.


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Contributors to third edition

Contributors to first and second editions

Preface to third edition

Preface to first edition


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1 Introduction

2 Scene management in incidents involving children

3 Preparation

4 Assessment and immediate management of the seriously ill or injured child

5 Immediate management of the seriously ill child

6 Structured approach to the seriously injured child

7 Management of cardiac arrest

8 When a child dies

9 The non-seriously ill child

10 The chronically ill child

11 Safeguarding children

12 Pain management in children

13 Paediatric triage

14 Human factors

15 Practical procedures: airway and breathing

16 Practical procedures: circulation

17 Practical procedures: trauma

18 Military pre?]hospital paediatric care

Appendix: Paediatric emergency reference cards