Distress in children attending A&E
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Distress in children attending A&E

Jackie Bentley Senior lecturer, University of Brighton, East Sussex

Practitioners need to be able to recognise the factors that contribute to children’s distress in A&E and develop skills to minimise their anxieties, says JACKIE BENTLEY

Attendance at A&E is a common childhood experience (Audit Commission 1996). Most children attend with minor injuries (Simmonds 1999) and several organ-isations have raised concerns about the distress such injuries and the treatment they require can cause (Action for Sick Children 1991, RCN 1998).

Emergency Nurse. 12, 4, 20-26. doi: 10.7748/en2004.

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