Pediatric Defibrillation: A Window of Opportunity - CMEZ314

Pediatric Defibrillation: A Window of Opportunity

by Hartley G. Wenger, BSN, MS, RN, CCNS, CCRN
(4.9 / 24 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Pediatric cardiac arrest is an uncommon event. Although most pediatric patients who suffer cardiac arrest do not go into rhythms that require defibrillation (e.g., ventricular fibrillation, pulseless ventricular tachycardia), those who do benefit from prompt and appropriate defibrillation. Questions about the number of joules, the size of pads, and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) are asked every time the words “pediatric code” are heard. Knowing how and when to use the defibrillator and/or AED on pediatric patients in cardiac arrest is essential to providing safe, quality care. This knowledge will help increase survival rates and improve neurologic outcomes. An extensive review of the current research, evidence-based practice, and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines provides a concise standard to use when resuscitating pediatric patients.


The goal of this continuing education course is to familiarize physicians and nurses with issues surrounding pediatric defibrillation. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain how defibrillation affects a heart in ventricular fibrillation
  • Describe the incidence of shockable arrhythmias in the pediatric population
  • Discuss at least two concerns regarding the use AEDs in the pediatric population

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including physicians and nurses.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 5/15/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/6/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/6/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Diane H - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Oct 24, 2019
This course was very informative.
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Allison J - Lincoln City, OR  ·  Sep 20, 2018
course was great. No issues
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Milissa S - RINER, VA  ·  Jun 25, 2018
good course to take for learning
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Marcella J - Boynton Beach, FL  ·  May 02, 2018
very good information and needed for PALS and even ACLS
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STEVEN P - Omaha, NE  ·  Mar 22, 2016
Great course, really helped in my understanding of pediatric defibrillation
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Price: $15.00
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