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Pediatric Emergency Playbook

You make tough calls when caring for acutely ill and injured children. Join us for strategy and support, through clinical cases, research and reviews, and best-practice guidance in our ever-changing acute-care landscape. This is your Pediatric Emergency Playbook.
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Now displaying: February, 2021
Feb 1, 2021

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  1. Set the stage – exude confidence and be prepared

  2. Choose the right cannula size – a smaller working IV is infinitely better than none

  3. Feeling is better than looking – trust yourself

  4. Mark the site – things get wonky when you take your hands off to disinfect

  5. Tourniquets can mess you up – try to use a holder’s hand to occlude the vein

  6. The holder rules – get as many hands on deck as you need.

  7. Tension is good –  a little counter traction on the skin with your non-dominant hand helps to decrease the friction as the needle goes through the fascial layers.

  8. Stay in line – your needle is an extension of your arm

  9. Gravity is your friend – the kinder, gentler tourniquet

  10. The 3 Fs – flash, flatten, and forward. Get the flash at a 30 degree angle, flatten that angle, (advance another 1mm), and advance the plastic catheter over the needle into success

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