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Research Article

Inaccuracy and delay in decision making in paediatric resuscitation, and a proposed reference chart to reduce error.

British Medical Journal 1988; 297 doi: (Published 01 October 1988) Cite this as: British Medical Journal 1988;297:817
  1. P. A. Oakley
  1. Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children.


    Several surveys have noted the poor performance of junior hospital doctors in simulated cardiorespiratory arrest in adults. A further survey was undertaken to investigate inaccuracy and delay in the resuscitation of children. The results suggested that inaccuracy was a greater problem than delay. Because of the variation in size of children and the comparative infrequency of cardiorespiratory arrest in this age group a simple, versatile, and readily available reference chart is needed to aid rapid and accurate decisions.