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Emergency Medical Services for Children: Children and their Accidents

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:604
  1. E J S Durch,
  2. K N Lohr,
  3. J G Avery,
  4. R H Jackson

    Roughly two million children attend accident and emergency departments in Britain each year. Their needs differ from those of the adult population.

    The development of the specialty of accident and emergency medicine has gone some way to providing better emergency care for children. The growing number of appointments in paediatric accident and emergency care, either full time posts or posts with a paediatric interest, is also relevant. This improvement has been further augmented in the United Kingdom by the introduction of specific paediatric life support training programmes. Despite this the care for children is fragmented.

    The problem is not unique to Britain and indeed is a worldwide phenomenon, as Emergency Medical Services for Children ably shows. In an effort to redress the balance in …

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