Drugs Used to Treat Pediatric Emergencies

Pediatrics. 2020 Jan;145(1):e20193450. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-3450.


This clinical report is a revision of "Preparing for Pediatric Emergencies: Drugs to Consider." It updates the list, indications, and dosages of medications used to treat pediatric emergencies in the prehospital, pediatric clinic, and emergency department settings. Although it is not an all-inclusive list of medications that may be used in all emergencies, this resource will be helpful when treating a vast majority of pediatric medical emergencies. Dosage recommendations are consistent with current emergency references such as the Advanced Pediatric Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support textbooks and American Heart Association resuscitation guidelines.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Drug Therapy*
  • Emergencies*
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics*