Outcome of children who are apneic and pulseless in the emergency room

Crit Care Med. 1986 May;14(5):466-8.

Abstract

Mortality and neurologic morbidity were evaluated in children who were successfully resuscitated after being brought to an emergency room with continued apnea and pulselessness. Of 34 patients studied from June 1981 through August 1984, 27 died during the initial hospitalization and seven (21%) survived until hospital discharge. Of the seven surviving children who were discharged to a chronic care facility, five remain in a vegetative state. Possible explanations for this high mortality and neurologic morbidity are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Apnea / etiology
  • Apnea / mortality*
  • Apnea / therapy
  • Boston
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drowning / complications
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Heart Arrest / etiology
  • Heart Arrest / mortality*
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 300 to 499
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Prognosis
  • Pulse
  • Resuscitation / education
  • Wounds and Injuries / complications