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Critical Care Pediatrics

 Importance of Early Recognition of System Failure

Outcomes in pediatric cardiopulmonary arrest are generally sepsis poorer than in adults.

Projected Impending Existing Failure

Respiratory Failure

Circulatory Failure

CNS Failure

Organ Failure

Respiratory Failure

Inadequate oxygenation and CO2 excretion

Respiratory distress is not always present

Causes of Airway Obstruction

Congenital Lesions

Acquired Lesions


Causes of Acquired Airway Obstruction

Neurologic Dysfunction - loss of pharyngeal tone


Foreign Body Aspiration

Mass Lesion

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Aspiration/Near Drowning

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The chest wall is much more compliant in infants

Paradoxical respirations or thoracoabdominal asynchrony occurs when airway resistance becomes increased

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Chest trauma is most commonly cause is by a blunt mechanism, such as a motor vehicle accident.

Chest trauma is usually associated with other injuries.

Chest trauma isore likely to injure both intrathoracic and abdominal organs.

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