Updated guidelines released for emergency care of children
The authors write that to improve pediatric readiness and the safety and quality of emergency care for children, emergency departments should have a pediatric emergency care coordinator. All emergency departments should be continually prepared to receive, accurately assess, and—at a minimum—stabilize and safely transfer acutely ill or injured children. In addition, they should ensure the competence of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and other emergency department providers to evaluate and treat children. Recognition of the unique needs of children, including those with special health care needs, is also important.
"These updated recommendations are intended to serve as a resource for clinical and administrative leadership in emergency departments as they strive to improve their readiness for children of all ages," the authors write.
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