Clinical Practice Guidelines


  • 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, Melbourne.

    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 guidelines.