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Paediatric Minor Emergencies


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James Bethel FFEN, RGN, BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice, ENB Higher Award, Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Post Graduate Award Emergency Care, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, is a Senior Lecturer in Emergency Care at the University of Wolverhampton and Honorary Nurse Practitioner in the emergency departments of Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust and Dudley Group of Hospitals

ISBN: 9781905539352

M&K Update Ltd - June 2008  - 244 pages

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.

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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
  • bdominal and genito-urinary illness
  • Dermatological illness
  • Musculo-skeletal illness
  • Ophthalmic complaints
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