Joint Policy Statement-Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2009). Joint Policy Statement-Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department. Pediatrics. 124(4): 1233-1243.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released this policy statement to highlight the resources necessary for hospital emergency departments (ED) to care for pediatric patients. Included are guidelines for: administration and coordination of the ED for the care of children; the necessary skills for those who staff the ED; quality and performance improvement; improving pediatric patient safety in the ED; policies, procedures, and protocols for the ED; ED support services; and equipment, supplies, and medications for caring for pediatric patients. Though not specifically disaster-related, this document provides general pediatric preparedness information for all hospitals.