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Neurological Evaluation of children’s level of consciousness is based largely on alertness buy mircette 15mcg on line, response to environment and parents generic mircette 15mcg otc, level of activity and their cry. Neurological evaluation resembles that of an adult (see Chapter 22), but with infants some reflexes (e. The immature respiratory system differs not only in size and anatomical position but, with growth of the thorax, lung mechanisms are altered. Many anatomical differences affect respiratory care: ■ Infants are obligatory nose breathers, with a longer epiglottis which may need to be lifted by a straight blade during intubation. Endotracheal tubes should allow a small leak while achieving adequate pulmonary inflation pressures. Paediatric artificial airways may quickly become obstructed by mucous, therefore humidification with an appropriate system is vital (Tibballs 1997). Artificial ventilation for children is similar to adults, but with less margin for error (Betit et al. Children below 10 kg are usually ventilated with pressure control cycles; volume cycles are used for larger children. Pressure control ventilation reduces barotrauma in the immature lungs of smaller children and compensates for the airleak from uncuffed tubes. For infants, prone positioning does not interfere with diaphragmatic action (unlike supine positions). Unilateral lung disorders necessitate careful positioning: lying on the affected side helps to ventilate the good lung but decreases perfusion, improving overall oxygenation; positioning the affected lung uppermost helps drainage but impairs expansion, and so oxygenation. During physiotherapy the child is repositioned to assist lung drainage, possibly requiring additional oxygen during treatments (Robb 1995). Endotracheal suctioning of adults and children is similar (see Chapter 5), but there are additional complications with children, requiring special considerations: ■ correct size suction catheters ■ suction pressures 7–13 kPa (50–100 mmHg) ■ preoxygenation to prevent hypoxia ■ during bagging, use of pressure monitors is advisable to prevent barotrauma ■ limit manual inflation pressures to 10 cmH2O above set peak pressures Complications of endotracheal suction can include ■ accidental extubation ■ cilia damage (see Chapter 5) ■ perforation of carina (rare) Intensive care nursing 116 Cardiovascular Cardiac dysrhythmias and arrest are rare in children unless they have congenital abnormalities or are exposed to sustained hypoxia (e. As with adults, persistent hypoxia causes metabolic acidosis and dysrhythmias (especially bradycardia); dysrhythmias reduce cardiac output, provoking cardiac arrest (Hazinski 1992). As with adults, shock not responding to intravascular fluids and adequate oxygenation may require inotropic support.