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Authors’ response to letter entitled ‘During a paediatric traumatic cardiac arrest, is ventricular fibrillation a reversible cause like any other?’
  1. Jason Smith1,2,
  2. James Vassallo1,
  3. Mark D Lyttle3
    1. 1 Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
    2. 2 Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (Research & Academia), Birmingham, UK
    3. 3 Emergency Department, Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital, Bristol, UK
    1. Correspondence to Professor Jason Smith, Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK; jasonesmith{at}

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    We would like to thank Dr Lemoine and colleagues for their interest in our paper.1 The authors question the wisdom of deprioritising defibrillation in the presence of ventricular fibrillation (VF) in paediatric traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA).

    We have demonstrated that paediatric TCA is rare,2 …

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    • Contributors JS drafted the response, and the other authors have edited the letter prior to submission. The contributors have all approved the response.

    • Competing interests None declared.

    • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

    • Collaborators Tim Nutbeam, Annette Rickard, Barney Scholefield, Ian Maconochie.

    • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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