WETBAG is a mnemonic popularized during APLS (Advanced Paediatrics Life Support) courses. The mnemonic is used to estimate, during the ”R” of the Sign-In, a child’s weight and calculate medical doses that may be required during the resuscitation of children.

 

 

Weight (kg)

  • < 1 year: (months / 2) + 4
  • 1-5 years: (years x 2) + 8
  • 6-12 years: (years x 3) + 7

 

Energy

  • 4 J/kg for defibrillation
  • 1 J/kg then 2 J/kg for cardioversion

 

Tube (mm)

  • (years / 4) + 4

 

Bolus Crystalloid

  • 20 ml/kg
  • 10 ml/kg if trauma

 

Adrenalin

  • 0.1 ml/kg of 0.1 mg/ml IV for cardiac arrest
  • 0.01 ml/kg of 1 mg/ml IM for anaphylaxis

 

Glucose

  • 2 ml/kg of 10% glucose
  • Thereafter glucose infusion