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Paediatric Emergency

Adilia Warris
The newly recognised and emerging fungal species, Candida auris , has caused worldwide invasive infections and has been implicated in difficult to control hospital outbreaks. Challenges are encountered in the correct identification of this fungus as commonly used phenotypic and biochemical methods fail to differentiate C. auris from other Candida species. Its resistance profile, over 90% of isolates are fluconazole resistant and 35% are resistant to amphotericin, confronts clinicians with the restricted arsenal of antifungals and concerns about optimal treatment...
March 15, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Joanne K Ritchie, Pallavi Latthe, Deepthi Jyothish, Joanne C Blair
Paediatric gynaecology is an emerging discipline. Since 2000, there has been an advanced training programme in paediatric gynaecology available for obstetric and gynaecology trainees; additionally, a set of clinical standards1 for the care of paediatric and adolescent patients has been developed by The British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (BritSPAG). BritSPAG is a multidisciplinary group of professionals including gynaecologists, paediatricians, paediatric urologists and endocrinologists...
March 15, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
L Prana, S Baijoob, B Rampersad
Introduction Intussuception remains one of the most common surgical abdominal emergencies in the paediatric population. The aim of this study was first to re-evaluate our non-operative reduction rate of intussusception using multiple interval barium enemas and second to investigate or discuss an audit cycle, providing evidence and validating the modification of clinical practice. Materials and methods This five-year retrospective study performed at one of two institutions at which a paediatric surgical service is offered...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Khansoudaphone Phakhounthong, Pimwadee Chaovalit, Podjanee Jittamala, Stuart D Blacksell, Michael J Carter, Paul Turner, Kheng Chheng, Soeung Sona, Varun Kumar, Nicholas P J Day, Lisa J White, Wirichada Pan-Ngum
BACKGROUND: Dengue fever is a re-emerging viral disease commonly occurring in tropical and subtropical areas. The clinical features and abnormal laboratory test results of dengue infection are similar to those of other febrile illnesses; hence, its accurate and timely diagnosis for providing appropriate treatment is difficult. Delayed diagnosis may be associated with inappropriate treatment and higher risk of death. Early and correct diagnosis can help improve case management and optimise the use of resources such as hospital staff, beds, and intensive care equipment...
March 13, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Joe D Piper, Salim Mwarumba, Moses Ngari, Benedict Mvera, Susan Morpeth, James A Berkley
For children with acute malnutrition, ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) are lifesaving treatments. In 2012, detailed testing detected Enterobacteriaceae including Cronobacter species at low levels in RUTF from all UNICEF-approved producers. Cronobacter in milk feeds has previously been associated with severe neonatal infections. Thus, given the susceptibility of severely malnourished children to invasive bacterial infections, concerns arose about the potential for Cronobacter infections from RUTF. This led to widespread production and supply problems in emergency feeding programmes...
March 13, 2018: Paediatrics and International Child Health
Cecilia Bartholdson, Bert Molewijk, Kim Lützén, Klas Blomgren, Pernilla Pergert
BACKGROUND: In previous research on ethics case reflection (ECR) sessions about specific cases, healthcare professionals in childhood cancer care were clarifying their perspectives on the ethical issue to resolve their main concern of consolidating care. When perspectives were clarified, consequences in the team included 'increased understanding', 'group strengthening' and 'decision grounding'. Additional analysis of the data was needed on conditions that could contribute to the quality of ECR sessions...
March 2018: Nursing Ethics
William Bortcosh, Ashkon Shaahinfar, Sakina Sojar, Jean E Klig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The diagnostic capability, efficiency and versatility of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) have enabled its use in paediatric emergency medicine (PEM) and paediatric critical care (PICU). This review highlights the current applications of POCUS for the critically ill child across PEM and PICU to identify areas of progress and standardized practice and to elucidate areas for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: POCUS technology continues to evolve and advance bedside clinical care for critically ill children, with ongoing research extending its use for an array of clinical scenarios, including respiratory distress, trauma and dehydration...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Elliot Long, Trevor Duke, Ed Oakley, Adam O'Brien, Bennett Sheridan, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVE: The intent of fluid bolus therapy (FBT) is to increase cardiac output and tissue perfusion, yet only 50% of septic children are fluid responsive. We evaluated respiratory variation of inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter as a predictor of fluid responsiveness. METHODS: A prospective observational study in the ED of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Patients were spontaneously ventilating children treated with FBT for sepsis-induced acute circulatory failure...
March 8, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Umberto Raucci, Pasquale Parisi, Nicola Vanacore, Giacomo Garone, Claudia Bondone, Antonella Palmieri, Lucia Calistri, Agnese Suppiej, Raffaele Falsaperla, Alessandro Capuano, Valentina Ferro, Antonio Francesco Urbino, Ramona Tallone, Alessandra Montemaggi, Stefano Sartori, Piero Pavone, Margherita Mancardi, Federico Melani, Lucrezia Ilvento, Maria Federica Pelizza, Antonino Reale
INTRODUCTION: Limited data exist on epidemiology, clinical presentation and management of acute hyperkinetic movement disorders (AHMD) in paediatric emergency departments (pED). METHODS: We retrospectively analysed a case series of 256 children (aged 2 months to 17 years) presenting with AHMD to the pEDs of six Italian tertiary care hospitals over a 2-year period (January 2012 to December 2013). RESULTS: The most common type of AHMD was tics (44...
March 8, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Masahiro Nishiyama, Ichiro Morioka, Mariko Taniguchi-Ikeda, Takeshi Mori, Kazumi Tomioka, Keita Nakanishi, Junya Fujimura, Noriyuki Nishimura, Kandai Nozu, Hiroaki Nagase, Kazuto Ishibashi, Akihito Ishida, Kazumoto Iijima
Objectives To identify clinical features that predict Group A streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis in a Japanese paediatric primary emergency medical centre. Methods The prevalence of GAS pharyngitis according to age and body temperature (BT) was calculated among 3098 paediatric patients with pharyngitis. The numbers of GAS-positive and -negative patients for each clinical parameter, and each point increase in the McIsaac score were compared and likelihood ratios (LRs) were calculated. Results The prevalence of GAS pharyngitis was extremely low in patients aged < 1 (1...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Féaron C Cassidy, Marika Charalambous
In the 1980s, mouse nuclear transplantation experiments revealed that both male and female parental genomes are required for successful development to term ( McGrath and Solter, 1983; Surani and Barton, 1983). This non-equivalence of parental genomes is because imprinted genes are predominantly expressed from only one parental chromosome. Uniparental inheritance of these genomic regions causes paediatric growth disorders such as Beckwith-Wiedemann and Silver-Russell syndromes (reviewed in Peters, 2014). More than 100 imprinted genes have now been discovered and the functions of many of these genes have been assessed in murine models...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Ben McNaughten, Caroline Hart, Stephen Gallagher, Carol Junk, Patricia Coulter, Andrew Thompson, Thomas Bourke
AIM: Differences in the gaze behaviour of experts and novices are described in aviation and surgery. This study sought to describe the gaze behaviour of clinicians from different training backgrounds during a simulated paediatric emergency. METHODS: Clinicians from four clinical areas undertook a simulated emergency. Participants wore SMI (SensoMotoric Instruments) eye tracking glasses. We measured the fixation count and dwell time on predefined areas of interest and the time taken to key clinical interventions...
March 7, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Taffy Makaya, Jennifer Gilbert, Fiona Ryan, Wendy Watts
Clinical governance processes are important for improving patient care. Patients with adrenal insufficiency are at significant risk if they have an adrenal crisis and require steroid therapy. Families should receive education on managing illness or stress, that is, steroid sick day rules. Most of this education is delivered by children's nurses. Two local cases of mortality related to adrenal insufficiency were reviewed and a questionnaire audit was undertaken to compare the steroid sick day rules education provided to patients and their families with published standards...
March 7, 2018: Nursing Children and Young People
Norman Ma, Sarah Mills, Craig McBride, Roy Kimble, Michael Redmond
BACKGROUND: Skateboarding is a popular recreation among children and adolescents. Injuries that result in presentation to emergency departments are varied including head injuries. The study aims to assess the type and severity of neurological damage to the brain and spine in children from injuries incurred while using a skateboard. METHODS: After obtaining Ethics approval, a retrospective case review was performed of all admissions to all Brisbane, Australia public hospital neurosurgery departments of children 18 years and less who experienced injuries to the brain and spine for the years 2010-2014...
March 6, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Franca Benini, Emanuele Castagno, Egidio Barbi, Sabrina Congedi, Antonio Urbino, Paolo Biban, Lucia Calistri, Rossella Letizia Mancusi
AIM: The Pain Practice in Italian Paediatric Emergency Departments assessed how appropriately analgesic drugs were being used by Italian clinicians, based on national paediatric pain guidelines. METHODS: This was a retrospective study that involved 17 Italian members of the Pain In Pediatric Emergency Rooms group. It comprised patients up to the age of 14 years who came to hospital emergency departments with pain and were treated with paracetamol, ibuprofen or opioids, such as codeine, tramadol and morphine...
March 5, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
S R Sharp, S M Patel, R E Brown, C Landes
AIM: To assess whether the inclusion of skull radiography, as part of the skeletal survey performed in suspected non-accidental injury (NAI), is still justified when volume computed tomography (CT) of the head has also been performed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study which included 94 patients aged between 24 days and 23 months who presented to the Emergency Department between August 2014 to July 2016 and had subsequent investigations for suspected NAI...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Radiology
Tetsuya Yumoto, Hiromichi Naito, Takashi Yorifuji, Hiroki Maeyama, Yoshinori Kosaki, Hirotsugu Yamamoto, Kohei Tsukahara, Takaaki Osako, Atsunori Nakao
OBJECTIVE: We tested whether Cushing's sign could predict severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) requiring immediate neurosurgical intervention (BI-NSI) in children after blunt trauma. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using Japan Trauma Data Bank. SETTING: Emergency and critical care centres in secondary and tertiary hospitals in Japan. PARTICIPANTS: Children between the ages of 2 and 15 years with Glasgow Coma Scale motor scores of 5 or less at presentation after blunt trauma from 2004 to 2015 were included...
March 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Lisa Crowe, Ruth H Graham, Stephen C Robson, Judith Rankin
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to explore the perspectives of professionals around the issue of termination of pregnancy for non-lethal fetal anomaly (TOPFA). METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with medical professionals (14 consultants in fetal medicine, obstetrics, neonatology and paediatrics) and social care professionals (nine individuals with roles supporting people living with impairment) from the Northeast of England. Analysis adopted an inductive thematic approach facilitated by NVivo...
March 1, 2018: BMJ Open
Andrea Brusaferro, Edoardo Farinelli, Letizia Zenzeri, Rita Cozzali, Susanna Esposito
Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) is one of the most common health complaints in both children and adults. Although RAP is considered a functional disorder rather than an organic disease, affected children and their families can still experience anxiety and concerns that can interfere with school, sports, and regular daily activities and lead to frequent attendances at pediatric emergency departments or pediatric gastroenterology clinics. Our review shows experts do not agree on a universally proven management that will work on every child presenting with functional abdominal pain (FAP)...
March 2, 2018: Paediatric Drugs
Jenny Edmonds, Alison Twycross
TITLE: Mothers' Experiences of Managing their Child's Pain Before and During Attendance at the Emergency Department. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore mothers' experiences of managing their child's pain before and during attendance at the Emergency Department (ED). BACKGROUND: Pain accounts for 50-80% of all visits to the ED. Historically paediatric pain has been poorly managed in the ED and there remains variability in practice. It is mothers who usually bring their child to the ED and as such it is important to explore their perspectives of how pain is managed...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
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