Pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a collective review

Ann Emerg Med. 1999 Feb;33(2):195-205. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(99)70394-x.


Little information is available about the effects of CPR in children, although it is known that the outcomes are dismal. Examples of unanswered questions include which advanced life support (ALS) procedures should be performed out-of-hospital, whether high-dose epinephrine improves survival, and the true prevalence of ventricular fibrillation as a presenting rhythm. Children differ from adults as to the cause and pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary arrest, but prehospital EMS and hospital resuscitation teams were initially designed for the care of adults. Because pediatric cardiopulmonary arrest is rare, prospective data are difficult to gather, and there are few large published studies. The purpose of this collective review was to review the current body of knowledge regarding survival rates and outcomes in pediatric CPR and, based on this review, to outline a course for future research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation*
  • Child
  • Heart Arrest / complications
  • Heart Arrest / mortality*
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Research