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The Pediatric Arrest

Andrea A. Peterson, MD
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From Norwalk Hospital Norwalk, CT, 06856.

Requests for Single Reprints: Andrea A. Peterson, MD, Department of Medicine, Norwalk Hospital, 21 Stevens Street, Norwalk, CT 06586; e-mail, andrea.peterson@norwalkhealth.org.

Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(7):531-532. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-144-7-200604040-00014
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We are called to the code, like we are called to all codes during our watch in the hospital. As the senior resident in internal medicine, I am at the helm of the resuscitation team. By now, I have run many codes. They do not scare me; I know what to do. At this moment, however, I am terrified. Tonight it is a girl, 8 years old or so, who is lying unresponsive in the emergency department. I do not treat children. They are small, and they seem fragile and medically mysterious to me. I do not know how to dose their medications properly without looking them up. I worry that there may be many other things about children that I do not know.





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