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  • 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.

  • Family/Clinician Conflicts Are Top Reason for Pediatric Ethics Consults

    Conflicts between family members and clinicians are the most common issue addressed during ethics consults, according to a group of researchers. This article discusses implications for clinicians and ethics consultants.

  • 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.

  • First-Choice Antibiotic for Acute Bacterial Sinusitis in Children

    Review of a large database reveals that, for children treated for acute sinusitis, amoxicillin and amoxicillin-clavulanate yield similar rates of treatment failure. However, medication side effects are more common when amoxicillin-clavulanate is used.

  • New Ethical Guidance on Pediatric Decision-Making

    According to the recommendations, ethical decision-making can factor in parents’ consideration of the child’s non-health interests (e.g., a child’s interest in playing football, even if it risks concussions), and also may consider the interests of other family members, provided those do not severely compromise the child’s health.

  • Many Ethics Committees Are Not Following AAP Guidance

    In a survey of ethics consultant leaders at children’s hospitals, researchers found multiple practice gaps, including training needs; informing staff, patients, and family about ethics services; and scope of ethics service. These practice gaps could erode ethics quality and narrow ethics reach.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Many Pediatric Patients Leave EDs Without Being Seen

    As pediatric patients become more medically complex, inpatient pediatric beds across the country continue to consolidate, and pediatric EDs are expecting to see higher volumes of children. Healthcare leaders must build these considerations into their staffing and patient flow approaches if they hope to prevent more patients from leaving without before they are seen.

  • Was Child Brought to ED by EMS? Medication Dosages May Be Incorrect

    ED personnel should ensure a good handoff report is received from EMS providers, and that the dose of any medications administered by EMS is recorded. ED personnel should be mindful in carrying out weight-based dosing calculations, and should follow recommendations of national guidelines.