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Acute respiratory conditions driving up paediatric admissions . . . and other stories

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 21 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5020

Intuition and sick young children

Acute respiratory conditions continue to drive up paediatric admissions, many of which last less than 48 hours. A qualitative study of staff in an emergency department in Bristol looked at how various clinicians approached the assessment of children under 5 presenting with respiratory symptoms (Emerg Med J doi:10.1136/emermed-2015-205211). Junior staff, especially doctors, were more risk adverse, relying heavily on guidelines, set admission criteria, clinical theory, and second opinions. The authors suggest that we need to look at new ways to foster rapid intuition in juniors, while maintaining safety.


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