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Identifying and treating a life-threatening disease

05 February 2014

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

Meningococcal septicaemia is a life-threatening condition that all nurses working in emergency and urgent care settings are likely to come across during their...

Open AccessIdentification and treatment of scabies in infants

02 July 2014

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

Incidents of scabies are increasing nationally and globally, particularly among certain vulnerable groups. This article examines a rare and unusual case of scabies...

Petechial rash in children: a clinical dilemma

11 May 2016

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

Children with a petechial rash commonly present to emergency departments. The rash can be associated with serious illnesses, such as invasive meningococcal disease...

Diagnostic and treatment dilemmas in well children with petechial rash in the emergency department

31 August 2022

Emergency Nurse

evidence and practice

This article presents a discussion based on a case study of an eight-month-old boy with petechial rash who presented at the emergency department (ED). Blood tests...

Lyme disease: recognition and management for emergency nurses

09 August 2018

Emergency Nurse


Over the past ten years there has been a significant rise in the number of people who present to emergency departments with Lyme disease. Although some patients...

Early recognition and treatment of Henoch-Schönlein purpura in children

12 August 2019

Nursing Children and Young People


Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) is characterised by a non-blanching rash, which commonly affects the lower limbs of children aged 3-15 years. It is the most common...

Biological basis of child health 13: structure and functions of the skin, and common children’s skin conditions

20 September 2021

Nursing Children and Young People


This article, the 13th in a series on the biological basis of child health, focuses on the skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body and covers its whole outer...