This first issue of a two-part series should help familiarize practitioners with several important aspects of pediatrie emergency care. Components of the pediatrie emergency medical services (EMS) system are categorized and defined, and stabilization and management techniques for the critically ill and injured child are presented. Important current management guidelines for both pediatrie trauma and acutely dehydrated children are outlined, and an up to date presentation on evaluating overwhelming infection in the office setting concludes this issue.
All pediatrie practitioners are faced at times with acutely ill children in their daily practices; the objective of this and the succeeding issue is to help practitioners in their recognition, stabilization, and urgent management, when appropriate, of these life-threatening conditions.
HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Categoiy I credits for the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pre-Test below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered, and will make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. The most common cause of death In Infants under 1 year of age Is trauma.
2. All pediatrie trauma patients must be presumed to have a significant injury until proven otherwise.
3. The most common type of dehydration seen in children Is Hypertonie dehydration.
4. The most conservative approach to infants under 2 months of age with fever and Irritability Is to accomplish a full "sepsis work up" and hospitalize the infant.
Answers to the Pre-test:
1. B 2. A 3. B 4.A