In this section
The emergency paediatric guidelines presented on this site were
developed by RCH clinicians primarily for use within the inpatient
wards and emergency department of the Royal Children's Hospital,
They detail the initial assessment and management of many common
(and some rare but important) conditions that present to doctors
who see acutely unwell and injured children.
They do not constitute a text-book and therefore deliberately
provide little, if any, explanation or background to the conditions
and treatment outlined. They are however designed to acquaint the
reader rapidly with the clinical problem and provide practical
advice regarding assessment and management.
These Clinical Practice
Guidelines were produced by staff of The Departments of General
& Emergency Medicine, often with input from subspecialist
surgical and medical departments. Where possible we have achieved
consensus between practicing clinicians. The guidelines do not
however necessarily represent the views of all the clinicians in
the Royal Children's Hospital.
The recommendations contained in these guidelines do not
indicate an exclusive course of action, or serve as a standard of
medical care. Variations, taking individual circumstances into
account, may be appropriate.
The authors of these guidelines have made considerable efforts
to ensure the information upon which they are based is accurate and
up to date. Users of these guidelines are strongly recommended to
confirm that the information contained within them, especially drug
doses, is correct by way of independent sources. The authors accept
no responsibility for any inaccuracies, information perceived as
misleading, or the success of any treatment regimen detailed in the