CAS RN: 75-44-5

Pediatric Vulnerabilities


Pediatric/Obstetric/Geriatric Vulnerabilities

Children are more vulnerable to pulmonary agents because:

  • They are lower to the ground and are exposed to an increased concentration of most pulmonary agents.
  • They have a higher respiratory rate and inhale a greater volume per minute.
  • They have smaller diameter airways, anatomic subglottic narrowing, omega shaped epiglottic structure, relatively large tongue size, less rigid ribs and trachea which make them more vulnerable to pulmonary agent induced pathology such as bronchospasm, copious secretions, and pulmonary edema.
  • Their skin is thinner and has more moisture content therefore being more vulnerable to inflammatory effects.
  • Link to Primary and Secondary Survey
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