Princess Margaret Hospital and Child and Adolescent Health Service – Kids Health WA, PMH Emergency Department Guidelines Team – DISCLAIMER:
These guidelines have been produced to guide clinical decision making for the medical, nursing and allied health staff of Princess Margaret Hospital and Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) WA. They are not strict protocols, and they do not replace the judgment of a senior clinician. Clinical common-sense should be applied at all times. These clinical guidelines should never be relied on as a substitute for proper assessment with respect to the particular circumstances of each case and the needs of each patient. Clinicians should also consider the local skill level available, and their local area policies before following any guideline.
The guidelines are also not designed to replicate a text book and are deliberately brief. Their purpose is to provide the clinician with practical advice regarding initial assessment and management information for many of the common and some less common presentations to the ED.
These guidelines were produced by the ED Guidelines Team within Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, in conjunction with sub-specialist surgery and medical departments and pharmacy. Whilst we have endeavoured to achieve consensus between departments and clinicians, the guidelines do not necessarily represent the views of all clinicians within CAHS.
The PMH ED Guidelines Team have made every effort to ensure that the information provided on this site is correct, however we strongly encourage users to verify the information, especially medication doses, through independent sources. The authors accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies, changes to procedure after publication of the document, or outcomes of any treatment regime recommended within these guidelines.
The information available on this site is targeted to clinicians only. If you are a patient, parent, carer or other community member using this site, you should seek assistance from a health care professional when interpreting these materials and applying them to your individual circumstances.
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