Nurses who care for critically ill or injured paediatric patients presenting to the Emergency Department require specialised knowledge and skills.

Nursing children and adolescents can differ greatly to adults, as they there are specific physiological, social and cognitive needs to consider. It must be remembered that they are not small adults.

This module consists of some useful resources to guide assessing and recognising the unwell child and the application of appropriate interventions.

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The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
The aim of this guideline is to ensure all RCH patients receive consistent and timely nursing assessments.
https://www.rch.org.au/rchcpg/hospital_clinical_guideline_index/Nursing_assessment/


Paediatric Patient Safety – NSW Government
The following tools are a valuable resource in assisting clinicians in caring for patients with life-limiting illness.
http://www.cec.health.nsw.gov.au/patient-safety-programs/paediatric-patient-safety/pqp-end-of-life-care


Kids Health WA
Paediatric Acute care Guidelines PMH Emergency Department.
http://kidshealthwa.com/guidelines/


The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
The Paediatric Trauma Manual.
https://www.rch.org.au/trauma-service/manual/


The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Child growth learning resource.
https://www.rch.org.au/childgrowth/Child_growth_e-learning/


The Paediatric Nurse
Facebook Page – A community for paediatric nurses
https://www.facebook.com/pg/thepaediatricnurse/posts/?ref=page_internal


Life in the fast lane
Paediatrics by Dr Mike Cadogan, Last updated December 4, 2017
https://lifeinthefastlane.com/resources/pem/


Rebel EM
Approach to the Critically Ill Child: Shock
http://rebelem.com/approach-to-the-critically-ill-child-shock/


Sick Kids
Vital sign assessment includes heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, respiratory effort, capillary refill time and temperature.
http://www.sickkids.ca/Nursing/Education-and-learning/Nursing-Student-Orientation/module-two-clinical-care/vitals/index.html

Sheldon, G., Anthony Heaton, P., Palmer, S., & Prosad Paul, S. (2018). Nursing management of paediatric asthma in Emergency Departments. Emergency Nurse, 26(4), 32-42. doi:10.7748/en.2018.e1770

Schibler, A., & Franklin, D. (2016). Respiratory support for children in the Emergency Department. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 52(2), 192-196. doi:10.1111/jpc.13078