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Pedi codes stink......no matter what you will always have the pit in the bottom of your stomach and in your minds eye you are thinking "Oh!Crap!, Oh!Crap, Oh!Crap!" Experience will help you gain confidence in dealing with these situations.
Several things come to mind about this baby. Did it need O2 to maintain an O2 sat? As a part of my assessment when the baby arrives I would see what the baby did without O2. That would be a good indicator if this baby is in real trouble....you take the O2 off and the sat drops. If the sat dropped I would do the vitals myself and get the EDMD ASAP.
Babies airways are made differently....simply put they are made to breathe and eat. When we breath and eat it's called choking. When an infant has 1mm of swelling on a 3mm airway there isn't much airway left...there is no room for any more swelling. That is the thing with the little ones they look great until they don't. It's always traumatic. https://apps.acep.org/WorkArea/Downl....aspx?id=42276
I don't think anything could have been done different. This baby was ready to go down the drain.
It sounds like you kept your head. The baby got out to a tertiary center who probably would have had to trache the baby as well. What I think will help you feel better and if you don't already have it.....take ENPC ENPC - Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course
it's always hard ....good Job!!!!