A useful 'nice to know' fast fact. Something to bear in mind during reflection on, or even during the history taking of teenage patients?

Remember the Red Book

The Red Book is a useful document to take to hospital with a child and their parent(s) (Newell & Darling, 2014: 9).

No SOB, No DIB, But It Is Still Pneumonia

Sometimes, children might present with pyrexia and symptoms that don't suggest they have a chest infection. Don't rule out pneumonia in a poorly child who isn't complaining of chesty symptoms - they may have it.

The NEWS Score

According to Shaw et al's study (2017), patients whose conditions were deemed more serious in hospital had arrived with higher NEWS scores. The score for each patient was created from prehospital observations & so could be used to predict patient risk.