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Fare Warning: The Decompensating Child

‘Children are able to maintain their blood pressure through physiological compensation mechanisms in the early phases of serious illness, and the early signs of illness may be quite subtle. […] Once a child decompensates, he or she can collapse extremely quickly’ (Brugha et al, 2013: 11).


Brugha, R. et al (2013) Paediatric Clinical Examination, London: JP Medical Ltd

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