How do doctors approach caring for a child in the emergency room (ER)?

Doctors gather as much information as possible from the child, rather than his parents, in the emergency room.

First and foremost, healthcare professionals make sure that the child is medically stable upon arrival in the emergency room (ER). They do this by checking the child's vital signs (heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation) and the child's overall appearance. Once they determine that the child's condition is stable, the approach to caring for the child becomes a bit different. The ER team tries to minimize the amount of pain and fear associated with lab and imaging tests. For example, they try to avoid starting an intravenous (IV) line, and if certain tests like magnetic resonance imaging are needed, they may give some sedation to help the child relax or sleep in the large and noisy machine.

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