Despite the global tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical experience suggests that there also have been some favorable indirect effects of pandemic-induced lockdowns on pediatric health. Specifically, there are lower rates of unscheduled primary care visits, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations for medical problems – without an increase in incompletely managed serious diseases.
Pediatric drowning events are associated with consequences varying from transient pulmonary symptoms to devastating neurologic disability. All acute care providers need to be prepared to diagnose and effectively manage a child with this type of injury.
The sudden appearance of COVID-19 has created an additional challenge to the evaluation of children with "flu-like" symptoms. This article compares and contrasts influenza and coronavirus and provides a critical update on a timely topic.
Pediatric knee injuries are common and seen frequently in the emergency department. The injuries range from minor to significant, but all have the potential to affect the patient's future participation in athletics — as well as normal childhood, and then adult, activities. The authors comprehensively cover pediatric bony knee injuries, including diagnostic testing, management, and referrals.
Ultrasound is an incredible tool that keeps becoming more valuable. In this article, the authors show how point-of-care ultrasound of the musculoskeletal system can help clinicians identify a diversity of diseases, including soft tissue infections, abscesses, and foreign bodies! In a later issue, the authors explore the use of ultrasound to identify bone and joint issues.
The results of this study indicate that first-line genome sequencing in pediatric patients with suspected genetic white matter disease is more diagnostically efficient, defined as higher diagnostic efficacy and shorter time to diagnosis, than current standard of care approaches.
Children present to the ED with a variety of issues ranging from benign to life-threatening. The ability to recognize potentially devastating diseases early facilitates care and ensures an optimal outcome for the child.
Primary headaches, especially migraines, are a common problem for adults and children who present to the emergency department. Migraine headaches have been challenging to diagnose, especially in the pediatric population.