A separate resuscitation area for children is not appropriate for most A& E
departments. But equipment and drugs for children should be easily identifiable
Children in the accident and emergency department:
Minimum requirements for children in A & E.
Separate triage and waiting area with play facilities.
Separate treatment area suitable decorated and equipped.
Private room fro distressed parents.
At least one RSCN trained nurse on the staff.
A consultant pediatrician to have responsibility for liaison with the consultant
in A & E medicine.
A liaison health visitor to facilitate communication between the department and
Categories of paediatric problems in A & E
Trauma medical surgical Behavioural/ psychiatric problems.
Injured children account for the majority of attendances 60-70 per cent. Must
will have relatively minor injuries bail a few will have suffered major blunt or
more rarely, penetrating injury or severe burns or scalds, or will have boon
Accidents are the most common cause of death in children over one year old in
the united KINGDOM each year about 700 children die as a result of accidents and
about 10000 become permanently disabled. About 20 per cent of children’s
admissions to hospital are the result of accidents.