NYHA and Modified Ross Heart Failure Classification for Children

The Ross Heart Failure Classification was developed to provide a global assessment of heart failure severity in infants, and has subsequently been modified to apply to all pediatric ages. The modified Ross Classification incorporates feeding difficulties, growth problems, and symptoms of exercise intolerance into a numeric score comparable with the NYHA classification for adults.
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Classification of Malnutrition in Children

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines malnutrition as the cellular imbalance between the supply of nutrients and energy and the body’s demand for them to ensure growth, maintenance, and specific functions.
Malnutrition generally implies undernutrition and refers to all deviations from adequate and optimal nutritional status in infants, children and in adults. In children, undernutrition manifests as underweight and stunting (short stature), while severely undernourished children present with the symptoms and signs that characterize conditions known as kwashiorkor, marasmus or marasmic-kwashiorkor.
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Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in Adults and Children

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is defined as repeated episodes of obstructive apneas and hypopneas during sleep, frequently followed by transient hemoglobin desaturation (hypoxemia) and unconscious (EEG) arousals.
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Criteria for Brain Death in Adults and Children

Clinical Criteria for Brain Death in Adults and Children

  • Coma
  • Absence of motor responses
  • Absence of pupillary responses to light and pupils at midposition with respect to dilatation (4–6 mm)
  • Absence of corneal reflexes
  • Absence of caloric responses
  • Absence of gag reflex
  • Absence of coughing in response to tracheal suctioning
  • Absence of sucking and rooting reflexes
  • Absence of respiratory drive at a PaCO2 that is 60 mm Hg or 20 mm Hg above normal base-line values*
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Criteria for Chronic Respiratory Failure in Infants and Children

Criteria for Chronic Respiratory Failure due to Cardiopulmonary Disorders in Infants and Children

Clinical criteria

  • Decreased inspiratory breath sounds

  • Increased retractions, use of accessory muscles

  • Cyanosis breathing room air

  • Decreased level of normal activity/function

  • Poor weight gain (mass) (IMPORTANT)

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Clinical and Laboratory "Low Risk" Criteria for Children Younger Than 3 Months with Fever and No Focus of Infection

Clinical criteria

  • Born at term (gestational age >/= 37 weeks)with uncomplicated nursery stay
  • Previously healthy infants
  • Notoxic manifestations
  • No focal bacterial infection (except otitis media) Continue reading