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The diagnosis and management of pulmonary embolism

Risk factors for pulmonary embolism include pregnancy, cancer, obesity, previous deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or PE, varicose veins, recent surgery, hospitalisation and immobilisation or lower limb...

How to manage the care of the dehydrated child

The NHS defines dehydration as the body losing more fluid than it is taking in (NHS website, 2019). Dehydration in children is usually caused by diarrhoea and vomiting or systemic infection, but can...

Clinical trials involving children and young people

It is widely recognised that due to developmental and physiological differences (Joseph et al, 2015; Naka et al, 2017) children and young people's participation in clinical trials is integral to the...

Fabricated or induced illness in a child

The first population-wide estimates were made by McClure et al (1996) by collating 128 reports of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, non-accidental poisoning and non-accidental suffocation sent to the...

Should known allergy status be included as a medication administration ‘right’?

A 3-year-old child was brought into the emergency department (ED) of a hospital in the Middle East by his parents. The father informed the ED nursing staff that the young child had been unwell with a...

Mental health: working with people who hear voices

Traditionally, based on a biomedical model of disease, such experiences have been understood as symptoms of psychiatric illness requiring treatment (Payne et al, 2017)..

How can all nurses support parenting?

Although it is recognised that community healthcare practitioners are often the professionals who are at the forefront of community interventions that support parenting, all healthcare workers will at...

Children and young people in care

There are several terms used to identify children and young people who are, or have experience of being, in care. In England, the term used in clinical practice is ‘looked after child’ abbreviated to...

Anaphylaxis in children and young people

The incidence of anaphylaxis globally varies greatly (Wang et al, 2019). However, between 3.5% and 8% of children are thought to have food allergies (Foong et al, 2017). A study found that in England...

Assessing for faltering growth in infants and children

Suboptimal growth is multifaceted; it may be the only indicator of a pathological disorder (Lee et al, 2018). However, studies across Europe (Joosten and Meyer, 2010; Romano et al, 2015), report that...

An introduction to nursing children and young people with epilepsy

A seizure is a sudden burst of unnecessary electrical activity in the brain (International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), 2017), which disrupts the way the brain usually functions (D'Ambrosio and...

Basic life support for the child and infant

‘All registered nurses must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and confidence to provide first aid procedures and basic life support.’ .

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