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This module discusses the unique needs and situations associated with the pediatric patient presenting to the emergency department.


  • Know the unique differences of children according to their age and stage of development, i.e. physiologic, anatomical
  • Know that assessment techniques need to be age specific 
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of a critically ill child
  • Be aware of common pediatric presentations to ED
  • Understand the importance of treating the child and parents together


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Emergency Nurses Association. (2012). Emergency nursing pediatric course: provider manual, Fourth Edition, ENA: Des Plaines, IL. pp.41-80.

Fetveit, A. (2008). Assessment of febrile seizures in children. Eur J Pediatr,167, 17-27.

Howard, P. & Steinmann, R. (Eds.), (2010). Sheehy’s Emergency Nursing Principles and Practice, Sixth Edition. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

Ishimine, P. (2007). The evolving approach to the young child who has fever and no obvious source. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, (25), 1087-1115.

Kolahi, A., & Tahmooreszadeh, S. (2009). First febrile convulsions: inquiry about the knowledge, attitudes, and concerns of the patients’ mothers. Eur J Pediatr, 168, 167-171.

Sadleir, L., & Scheffer, I. (2007, February). Febrile seizures. BMJ, 334, 307-311. Retrieved from

Saunders Elsevier (2007). Emergency Nursing Core Curriculum. St. Louis, Missouri 63146.

Strange, G.R., Ahrens, W.R., Lelyveld, S., & Schafermeyer, R.W. (1999). Pediatric Emergency Medicine: A comprehensive study guide. McGraw-Hill.

Ward, M.A., (2008). Fever in children. Retrieved from

Suggested Readings

Freedman, S. (2018). Oral rehydration therapy. Retrieved July 18, 2018 from

Ralston, M. (2018). Basic airway management in children. Retrieved July 18, 2018 from

Salati, D.S. (2006). Knowing the ABC’s of caring for children. Nursing 2006 Critical Care (1), 10-12.



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