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Pediatric Emergency Medicine Reports



  • Identifying and Managing Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

    Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an infectious disease that may be rapidly fatal if not rapidly recognized based on clinical findings and early institution of appropriate antibiotic therapy. The epidemiologic shift of this disease makes it important for all healthcare providers to be familiar with the current status, clinical presentation, and therapy for Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

  • Teen Pregnancies in the ED Part 2: Handling Complications

    Teenage pregnancies have a higher incidence of adverse medical outcomes and obstetrical complications that are critical for providers to recognize and manage in a timely manner. The author provides a succinct, comprehensive review of the critical aspects of trauma in pregnancy; preeclampsia; hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count (HELLP) syndrome; venous thromboembolism; as well as precipitous delivery and postpartum hemorrhage.

  • Teen Pregnancies in the ED Part 1: First Trimester

    This article is the first of a two-part series that focuses on an important emergency medicine topic — teenage pregnancy. In this first part, the author focuses on the unique features that affect diagnosis and management of pregnancy in adolescence. Part two will focus on obstetrical emergencies in pregnant teenagers.

  • Preparing for Pediatric Asthma Exacerbations in the ED

    Asthma is a common disease in pediatrics, with exacerbations occurring frequently. Every clinician who cares for children must be familiar with recognition and timely management to optimize each child's outcome.

  • Pediatric Burn Care: Strategies for Identification and Treatment

    Pediatric burn injuries, especially minor, are an essential part of caring for children. Classification of the depth of injury, recognition of nonaccidental trauma, and appropriate care are all critical aspects of management. The authors comprehensively review pediatric burn care.

  • Diagnosing, Differentiating, and Managing Status Epilepticus

    Pediatric seizures are a common acute care visit. Recognizing seizures, including the more subtle presentations, is critical for instituting appropriate, timely treatment to improve patient care. An awareness of a stepwise approach to seizure management will assist providers and optimize outcomes.

  • Pediatric Hernias: Diagnosis and Management

    Hernias are a common condition encountered by emergency providers and can be overlooked if the genitourinary system is not included in the evaluation of every child with vomiting or abdominal pain. Incarcerated hernias that are not identified in a timely fashion can have devastating consequences for a child. The authors provide an anatomical review, along with diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to pediatric hernias.

  • Poll: Many Americans Delay Emergency Care Over Boarding Concerns

    A survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians reveals nearly half of U.S. adults worry they will have to wait many hours before admission or transfer.

  • CDC Recommends RSV Vaccine for Patients in Third Trimester

    The agency says this solution should be administered to patients during weeks 32 through 36 of pregnancy to protect babies against the dangerous virus, both before and shortly after birth.

  • Improving Mental and Behavioral Health Among Young Patients

    Three national organizations offer recommendations for managing children, adolescents, and young adults in medical facilities and in their communities.