PIC LIFE HACKS

1.Fluid responsiveness

In adult practice passive leg raises are a good indicator of fluid responsiveness, infants and small children do not have the same venous capacitance, the test is shown to be unreliable in this group. An equivalent test is palpation and compression of the liver.

Using the same principle of the passive leg raise.

 

2. ETT sizing and depth

Yes there are good equations – in an emergency and you forgot to look it up or work it out, this rule of thumb will help

Depth = 3 x ID of ETT

 

3. Suction catheter and urinary catheter

Both are 2 times the ID of ETT

Eg if ETT is a size 3, use a size 6 suction catheter

APPS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

These apps can be downloaded onto most mobile devices and are excellent sources of immediate and good quality information on Congenital Cardiac Disease (Heartpedia) and Paediatric Metabolic Emergencies (eVM).

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