Many general pediatric practices are focusing increasingly on outpatient care, with inpatient care becoming the purview of hospitalists. Nevertheless, a variety of pediatric emergency situations can present to the office, and many of these emergencies are discussed in this issue of Pediatric Annals.
In each instance, the authors provide practical suggestions to aid office-based. pediatricians in managing and stabilizing children who present with these conditions requiring urgent care. As you know, the range of problems is great, from acute scrotal pain to suicide, from incarcerated hernia to aspirated foreign body, from status epilepticus to status asthmaticus, and from diabetic ketoacidosis to syncope.
I have kept my comments on this issue short to allow me to highlight 20 stamps to illustrate this column. That is, I am sharing a pane, or sheet, of 20 identical stamps that you should be able to purchase at your local United States Post Office (to start your very own pediatric stamp collection). This child health stamp was issued on September 7, 2005, initially in a ceremony at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (the oldest children's hospital in the US), to promote child health. The stamp shows a physician with a stethoscope examining a child, and the sheet has marginal inscriptions on all four sides: "Caring for our future," "Car seats each time," "Regular medical checkups," and "Balanced diet and exercise."