A New Protocol for First Responders for Hypothermic Pulselessness in Pediatric Patients

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Publication Type honors thesis
School or College College of Health
Department Health Promotion & Education
Faculty Mentor Chris Stratford
Creator Shimanski, Isabel
Title A New Protocol for First Responders for Hypothermic Pulselessness in Pediatric Patients
Date 2020
Description In the summer of 1986, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl, named Michelle, was submerged in a creek near Salt Lake City for a total of 62 minutes from initial submersion to removal by rescuers [7]. The young girl showed no signs of life, and was found pulseless, flaccid, cyanotici, and with fixed and dilated pupilsii [7]. Despite the grim presentation of the girl, emergency medical services (EMS) made resuscitative efforts and transported her to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City [7]. Fortunately for Michelle, the physicians at Primary Children's quickly placed her on an extracorporeal rewarming and circulation device, and three hours after initial submersion, manual chest compressions were discontinued as she was stable enough to circulate blood independent of the external rewarming machine [7]. Ultimately, after an extended admission to Primary Children's, Michelle was able to function at the appropriate developmental age-level by three-and-a-half years old [7]. Following Michelle's miraculous survival and recovery, the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in pediatric hypothermic cardiac arrest became a focus for pediatric emergency physicians; however, because this condition is so rare, it is often difficult to study. The purpose of this review, in conjunction with several emergency physicians at Primary Children's Medical Center and the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, is to evaluate the effectiveness of ECMO introduction into pediatric patients suffering from hypothermic cardiac arrest. Ultimately, the research involved in this study was used to modify the Utah State EMS protocol for hypothermic cardiac arrest in children in order to incorporate appropriate treatment and transport decisions for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics with the objective of increasing survival and positive outcome rates in these patients. Following implementation of the aforementioned protocol, trainings were conducted for fire and EMS agencies across the Wasatch Front to decrease the number of patients that are incorrectly treated annually.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Isabel Shimanki
Format Medium application/pdf
Permissions Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6422ghq
ARK ark:/87278/s654871t
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Date Created 2020-06-29
Date Modified 2020-06-30
ID 1579290
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s654871t
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