clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) presented on this site are developed to
assist clinicians with decisions about appropriate health care for children and
young people. They detail the assessment and management of many common (and
some rare but important) conditions affecting children and have been developed
for use in healthcare settings attended by children.
are targeted at clinicians only. Health information for patients and families is
available through Kids Health Info. Patients,
parents or other community members using these CPGs should do so in conjunction
with a health professional and should not rely on the information in these
guidelines as professional medical advice.
These CPGs do not constitute a textbook 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.
Where possible, these CPGs
are developed by a multidisciplinary team of
practising clinicians by consensus and based on the evidence available. However, the guidelines do not necessarily
represent the views of all clinicians at the Royal Children's Hospital or the
other participating healthcare organisations.
contained in these CPGs do not indicate an exclusive course of action or
standard of care. They do not replace the need for application of clinical judgment to each
individual presentation, nor variations based on locality and facility type.
The inclusion of links
to external websites does not constitute an endorsement of those websites nor
the information or services offered.
authors of these CPGs have made considerable efforts to ensure the information
upon which they are based is accurate and up to date. Users of these CPGs 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 or failure of any treatment regimen detailed in the CPGs.
More details are
available regarding the RCH website Terms