Emergency staff must be properly trained to treat children, royal college says

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 10 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:974
  1. Kirsten Patrick
  1. BMJ

    Children should get emergency treatment from professionals who are specifically trained in delivering paediatric emergency care, a report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says.

    All frontline staff in the United Kingdom who deliver urgent care to children, including ambulance technicians and paramedics, must be competent in the basic skills required for safe practice.

    Attendances of children at UK accident and emergency departments have increased since the new general medical services contract for GPs was introduced in April 2004, which reduced the availability of out of hours care.

    A survey of emergency departments conducted across the UK showed that …

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