Pediatric Emergency Medicine

1st Edition

Authors: Jill Baren Steven Rothrock John Brennan Lance Brown
Hardcover ISBN: 9781416000877
eBook ISBN: 9781437710304
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 15th October 2007
Page Count: 1352


This authoritative reference equips you with the essential knowledge to provide comprehensive and effective care to children in an emergency setting. From age-specific diagnoses and chief complaints through developmental considerations and psychosocial issues, this text guides you through the full range of medical and surgical conditions commonly encountered when treating pediatric emergencies. The use of full color throughout, diagnostic algorithms, text boxes, charts, clinical pearls and pitfalls, and other visual features ensure the book will make crucial clinical information easy to find and apply.

Key Features

  • Tap into expert guidance on all aspects of pediatric emergency medicine, from the physical exam and usual and unusual presentations through to disposition criteria and transfer issues.
  • Access step-by-step guidance on administering critical life support interventions and providing effective diagnostic and therapeutic ambulatory care.
  • Quickly review specific treatment protocols for various emergency settings, including general emergency departments, community hospitals, tertiary care centers, EMS and transport, and triage.
  • Find information fast with or without a known diagnosis, with content organized both by chief complaints and by specific diagnoses.
  • Better understand how problems present differently in infants, children, and adolescents with age-specific diagnoses.
  • Identify and manage the psychosocial issues surrounding pediatric patients, including major depression and suicidality, sexual and physical abuse, child neglect, and violence.
  • Easily absorb key information with the aid of text boxes, algorithms, clinical pearls, and pitfalls.
  • Retrieve information easily with a consistent templated format.

Table of Contents

SECTION I: Immediate Approach to the Critical Patient

1 Resuscitation/advanced life support, Robert Luten
2 Airway emergencies: respiratory distress and failure, Marianne Gausche-Hill
3 Rapid sequence intubation, Steve Rothrock
4 Intubation, rescue devices, and airway adjuncts, Aaron Donoghue, Ron Walls
5 Critical monitoring techniques, Tom Abramo
6 Newborn resuscitation, Richard Cantor
7 The critically ill neonate, Maureen McCollough
8 Circulatory emergencies: shock, Steve Rothrock, Christine Cho
9 Cerebral resuscitation, Norm Paradis
10 General approach to poisoning, Erica Liebelt
11 Altered mental status/COMA, Joseph Zorc
12 Approach to multisystem trauma, Lance Brown
13 Sepsis, Brent King
14 Anaphylaxis/allergic reactions, Suzanne Beno

SECTION II: Approach to the Trauma Patient

15 Trauma in infants, Gail Stewart, Ameer Mody
16 Oral, ocular, max Dillofacial trauma, Ran Goldman
17 Head trauma, Vince Grant
18 Neck trauma, William K. Mallon, Jan Shoenberger
19 Upper extremity trauma, Michael Burg, Sieuwert-Jan ten Napel
20 Lower extremity trauma, Besh Barcega, Lilit Minasyan
21 Pelvic and genitourinary trauma, Peter Auerbach
22 Compartment syndrome, Christian Vaillancourt, Ian Shrier
23 Spinal trauma, Andrew Wackett
24 Thoracic Trauma, Barbara McDevitt
25 Abdominal trauma, Art Cooperman
26 Burns, Nicholas Tsarouhas
27 Neurovascular injuries, Isabel Barata

SECTION III: Approach to Unique Problems of Infancy

28 Apparent life threatening events (ALTE), Andrew DiPiero
29 Inborn errors of metabolism, T. Kent Denmark
30 Congenital Heart Disease, Alson S. Inaba
31 Excessive crying, Marilyn Hicks
32 Fever in the well appearing young infant, David Jaffe
33 Urinary tract infection, Marc Gorelick
34 Stridor in infancy. Antonio Muniz
35 Vomiting, spitting up, and feeding difficulties, Barbara McDe


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About the Author

Jill Baren

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics Associate, Department of Medical Ethics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

Steven Rothrock

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine; Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences, Florida State University College of Medicine; Orlando Regional Healthcare System, Orlando, FL

John Brennan

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Vice President for Clinical and Emergency Services; Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Saint Barnabas Health Care System, West Orange, NJ

Lance Brown

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda, CA


"This textbook is a refreshing update to the existing pediatric emergency medicine literature. With over 200 contributors, the editors of this text have provided a comprehensive review of problems facing pediatric emergency and urgent care providers. Perhaps the book’s greatest strength is its color graphics which elevate this text to a level above similar publications.
I found this text to be extremely well organized and inclusive of all problems relevant to emergency pediatric care. This text will be a great addition to any ED or urgent care clinic library."
Annals of Emergency Medicine, July 2009

"This textbook is an excellent resource to add to any emergency department setting. It is reader friendly, serving both as a quick reference and as a substantive educational resource. The layout is exceptionally appealing and makes good use of figures and tables. The glossy full-color pages allow for abundant use of high-quality photographs and graphics. One of the biggest strengths is the extensive references inserted into the text of each chapter, allowing the reader to look up a particular citation when needed. Pediatric Emergency Medicine should be considered an excellent resource to be added to the library of anyone caring for children in the emergency department."
JAMA, February 2009