Whilst not addressing all of the challenges it is hoped that this work will provide some of the necessary knowledge for emergency nurses and nurse practitioners, emergency care practitioners, medical care practitioners, physiotherapy practitioners, pre-hospital staff and medical staff working in emergency departments, minor injury units, walk-in centres, out of hours services and other emergency care settings, that will enable them to enhance the care of the child with minor injury or illness.
Part I Caring for children and adolescents
Anatomical terminology • A child’s view of emergency care • Pre-hospital care of children • Communication, consent, advocacy • Pain relief • Child protection • Care of the adolescent and young adult • Safe discharge of children
Part II Minor injury
Defining minor injury in the child • Clinical examination • Minor head injury • Injuries of the upper limb • Injuries of the lower limb • X-ray requesting and interpretation • Burns and scalds
Part III Minor illness
Assessment of illness in the child • Recognition of the unwell child • Febrile convulsion • ENT and respiratory illness • Abdominal and genito-urinary illness • Dermatological illness • Musculo-skeletal illness • Ophthalmic complaints