Pediatric Resuscitation

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The administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has a long history extending back to the late 1890s with Friedrich Maass providing a written account of external cardiac massage.1 The next century brought about refinements in technique and medical knowledge, leading to the development of pediatric-centric resuscitation guidelines.2 Parallel developments along this timeframe included the creation of the first pediatric intensive care units and specialized pediatric anesthesiology training.2,3 The need for pediatric specialists has indeed been justified, as perioperative outcomes are improved at children’s hospitals staffed by physicians with expertise in pediatric care.
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