Category: Pediatrics

Pediatrics 101

Really sick kids and babies are some of the scariest and most difficult cases we get in Emergency Medicine. This week we’re going to start with the general approach to the less-sick pediatric patient. We will use this as the groundwork for future episodes.

BRUE (Pediatrics)

Brief. Resolved. Unexplained. Events.

A few months ago the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a set of guidelines on the management of a  common pediatric condition formally known as ALTE (now known as BRUE). These babies used to ALL be admitted to the hospital for extensive testing. However, this is no longer the case. Now, the AAP divides these babies into 3 categories, HIGH risk, LOW risk, and NOT BRUE. I’ll break down this huge pediatrics topic and the new guidelines in this episode.

Tummy Ache (Pediatrics)

Today we are moving on to a completely new topic, we are going to be discussing a simple approach to pediatric GI complaints. I hope you enjoy it. The majority of this episode will be covering the life-threatening, differential diagnosis for pediatric abdominal pain. It is 12 items long, and can be thought of in regions: Upper Abdomen, Lower Abdomen, Genitourinary, and Generalized.

Also, in this episode, we will discuss how to obtain a quick pediatric GI history, the 5 most common tests that get ordered on children, and a basic GI treatment plan.

Even if your department doesn’t accept children, I still highly encourage you to listen, as this is not only a topic on your shelf, but also a huge topic on Step 2.

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