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Thursday October 19th 2017

ALTEs: Don’t Miss the “Near Misses”


We’ve all had those calls. You know the ones that I am talking about. Dispatch sends you to an infant that is unresponsive and not breathing but when you arrive the child is fine. The parents look at you for advice so what did you tell them? Did you dismiss what they told you as being overprotective parents or first-time parent syndrome? Did you tell them to take their child to the pediatrician in the morning? Well if you did you may have not served that child, or their parents, well. In fact that child may have experienced an apparent life-threatening event, or ALTE which may be signs of a more serious underlying condition.

Join us this week as Dr. Lou Romig, Dr. Peter Antevy, Wilma Vinton, Kyle David Bates, and Arnold Facklam discuss ALTEs and their correlation, if any, to SIDS.

Also, please help us in helping Bryan Stow, the AMR paramedic assaulted at an LA Dodgers game and left in a coma. You can find more information and donate at www.support4BRYANstow.com.

Episode References

Evaluation and Management of Apparent Life-Threatening Events in Children (Am Fam Physician. 2005 Jun 15;71(12):2301-2308.)

Apparent Life-Threatening Events in Infants Presenting to an Emergency Department. (A Emerg Med J 2002;19:11-16 doi:10.1136/emj.19.1.1)

SIDS & EMS: What should we do? (JEMS. 2009 Jan 20)

2 Comments for “ALTEs: Don’t Miss the “Near Misses””

  • admin says:

    From Greg Friese (on Facebook):

    “The episode on Apparent Life Threatening Events was outstanding. One of the best pediatric education sessions I have heard on a podcast, classroom or conference. Keep up the great work.”

    Thanks for listening Greg!

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