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Modified Paediatric Resuscitation Chart

Derek P. Burke and David F. Bowden
BMJ: British Medical Journal
Vol. 306, No. 6885 (Apr. 24, 1993), pp. 1096-1098
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29719371
Page Count: 3
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Abstract

Objectives—To determine whether a modified paediatric resuscitation reference chart improves the speed and accuracy of calculation of doses of drugs in simulated paediatric cardiopulmonary arrests when compared with the chart devised by Oakley. Design—A prospective study in which a series of randomly assigned questions was used to compare the performance of doctors using the two charts. Setting—Accident and emergency departments in two hospitals. Subjects—31 senior house officers. Main outcome measures—The speed and accuracy of calculation of volumes of drugs to be administered. Results—The modified chart significantly increased the accuracy of the calculations (62/62 v 43/62, p<0.05), the speed of correct calculations (6.8 s v 36.0 s, p<0.0001), and the number of calculations that were completed (62/62 v 50/62, p<0.001). Conclusions—The modified paediatric resuscitation chart should supersede the existing chart.

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