Chapter 1. Medical Emergencies

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician3,4,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow5 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer6,7
  1. James Tibballs BMedSc(Hons), MB BS, MEd, MBA, MD, MHIth&MedLaw, GDipArts(Fr), FRANZCA, FJFICM, FACLM Officer Principal Fellow1,7 and
  2. Ed Oakley MBBS, FRACME Staff Specialist2

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch1

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Tibballs, J. and Oakley, E. (2009) Medical Emergencies, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 4

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 5

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 7

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Pharmacology, University of Melbourne Victoria, Australia

  2. 2

    Department of Emergency Medicine, Australia

  3. 7

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • medical emergencies;
  • haemorrhagic shock;
  • acute laryngeal obstruction;
  • managing cardiac dysrhythmias;
  • external cardiac compression (ECC);
  • allergic oedema causing acute larygeal obstruction


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Cardiorespiratory arrest

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Haemorrhagic shock

  • Septicaemic shock

  • Near drowning

  • Acute laryngeal obstruction

  • Status asthmaticus

  • Status epilepticus

  • Raised intracranial pressure