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Donna M. Santer, M.D., Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Peer Review Status: Externally Peer Reviewed by Lauren D Holinger, MD, Robert J. Winter, MD and the AMA
The answer is C. If you sent the child to the radiology department, a couple of minutes later you would hear overhead "Code Blue - Radiology." This is a medical emergency and sending the child to the radiology department at this time is inappropriate. If you decided this was a medical emergency and rushed the child to the OR, you would be telling the nurse to "Call A Code." Taking a child to the OR without having the proper personnel and equipment available is just as dangerous as sending the child to the radiology department. The correct answer is C. Keeping the child with his caretaker may decrease his anxiety and therefore decrease the chances of reflex laryngospasm occurring. As already stated, it is very important to have personnel and equipment available before moving the child.

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