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Guidelines for pediatric advanced life support

Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH
Monica Kleinman, MD
Section Editor
Susan B Torrey, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


The American Heart Association (AHA) Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) program provides a structured approach to the assessment and treatment of the critically ill pediatric patient [1]. The AHA guidelines for pediatric resuscitation were updated in 2010 to reflect advances and research in clinical care using new evidence from a variety of sources ranging from large clinical trials to animal models [2]. The PALS content includes:

Overview of assessment

Recognition and management of respiratory distress and failure

Recognition and management of shock

Recognition and management of cardiac arrhythmias


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