Pediatric “Push-Dose Epi” [Epinephrine] From The Pediatric Emergency Playbook Podcast

Today, I reviewed, linked to, and excerpted the show notes of The Pediatric Emergency Playbook‘s Pediatric “Push Dose Epi” Epinephrine podcast.

All that follows is from the above resource.

Push-dose epinephrine, or low-dose bolus epinephrine, can be given safely in adults and children. In children, consider for severe anaphylaxis or asthma resistant to IM administration, or for peri-intubation


Selected References

Cole JB, Knack SK, Karl ER, Horton GB, Satpathy R, Driver BE. Human Errors and Adverse Hemodynamic Events Related to “Push Dose Pressors” in the Emergency Department. J Med Toxicol. 2019 Oct;15(4):276-286. doi: 10.1007/s13181-019-00716-z. Epub 2019 Jul 3. PMID: 31270748; PMCID: PMC6825064.

Reiter PD, Roth J, Wathen B, LaVelle J, Ridall LA. Low-Dose Epinephrine Boluses for Acute Hypotension in the PICU. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 Apr;19(4):281-286. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000001448. PMID: 29319635.

Ross CE, Asaro LA, Wypij D, Holland CC, Donnino MW, Kleinman ME. Physiologic response to pre-arrest bolus dilute epinephrine in the pediatric intensive care unit. Resuscitation. 2018 May;126:137-142. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2018.03.011. Epub 2018 Mar 8. PMID: 29526678; PMCID: PMC6441975.

Ross CE, Hayes MM, Kleinman ME, Donnino MW, Sullivan AM. Peri-arrest bolus epinephrine practices amongst pediatric resuscitation experts. Resusc Plus. 2022 Jan 14;9:100200. doi: 10.1016/j.resplu.2021.100200. PMID: 35072126; PMCID: PMC8763627. 

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