The Assessment, Evaluation, and Management of the Critically Ill Child in Resource-Limited International Settings
Aanyu, Hellen T
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Providing evidence-based care to the critically ill child including assessment, evaluation, and management in resource-limited settings provides unique challenges and limitless opportunities to significantly impact morbidity and mortality in these settings. Difficulties encountered include: determining which disease processes will benefit most from critical care in resource-limited settings, lack of triage tools and adjuncts to help with assessment, finite laboratory and radiological tests, limited understanding of key findings in critically ill/injured pediatric patients, (especially by those without pediatric focused training), and finally, lack of supplies, medicines, equipment, and training of health care providers to appropriately treat critically ill children in these resource-limited settings. In this review, the most common problems encountered and possible solutions to overcome these obstacles are discussed.
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