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There is a dearth of written work relating specifically to the emergency care of the child. Why this should be the case is perhaps not as perplexing as it may initially appear: although children make up between 25% and 30% of the attendance of many emergency departments, constituting approximately 3.5 million attendances a year (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) 1999, 2007), there has until recently been little specific provision made for them.

Whilst not addressing all of the challenges it is hoped that this work will provide some of the necessary knowledge for emergency nurses and nurse practitioners, emergency care practitioners, medical care practitioners, physiotherapy practitioners, pre-hospital staff and medical staff working in emergency departments, minor injury units, walk-in centres, out of hours services and other emergency care settings, that will enable them to enhance the care of the child with minor injury or illness.

Contents include:
Part I Caring for children and adolescents
Anatomical terminology
A child’s view of emergency care
Pre-hospital care of children
Communication, consent, advocacy
Pain relief
Child protection
Care of the adolescent and young adult
Safe discharge of children

Part II Minor injury
Defining minor injury in the child
Clinical examination
Minor head injury
Injuries of the upper limb
Injuries of the lower limb
X-ray requesting and interpretation
Burns and scalds

Part III Minor illness
Assessment of illness in the child
Recognition of the unwell child
Febrile convulsion
ENT and respiratory illness
Abdominal and genito-urinary illness
Dermatological illness
Musculo-skeletal illness
Ophthalmic complaints
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ISBN: 9781907830358
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