About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Urgent Care Centers to Cater to Kids Needs Must be Made Ready: New AAP Guidelines

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on April 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM
Font : A-A+

Urgent Care Centers to Cater to Kids Needs Must be Made Ready: New AAP Guidelines

Updated policy statement making recommendations and highlighted gaps in knowledge about the treatment of children in urgent care centers was issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Led by Gregory Conners, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief of the Division of Emergency and Urgent Care at Children's Mercy Hospital, the AAP Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine published "Pediatric Care Recommendations for Freestanding Urgent Care Facilities" in the May 2014 issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The Urgent Care Association of America estimates that urgent care centers provide care for more than 150 million adult and pediatric visits every year in the United States. According to the policy statement, while the treatment of children at freestanding urgent care facilities is becoming widespread, research on its nature, scope, quality and outcomes remain limited. The updated policy statement offers new guidance on how urgent care providers can enhance their services for children and become a safer, more effective adjunct to a child's primary care provider.

Advertisement

"To make this model successful, we need a basic research and education in what is working and what is not when it comes to the treatment of children in urgent care centers in the United States," said Dr. Conners. "We need to clearly define when urgent care is appropriate for children and make sure it is well integrated with the child's primary care."

According to the updated statement, urgent care facilities serving children should be able to provide timely evaluation and stabilization, and initiate transfer of children with emergencies. Consistent oversight, planning, and quality monitoring and improvement are crucial. The guidelines also provide guidance on staffing, disaster relief and emergency preparedness.

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Contraceptive Pills in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Curtail Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Mushroom May Help Cut Down the Odds of Developing Depression
How to Battle Boredom during COVID
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Height and Weight-Kids 

Recommended Reading
Parenthood and Child Care Linked With Happiness
Parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning from life than non-parents, finds a new ....
Placing Kids in Child Care Early on Has No Negative Influence on Behavior or Development
Researchers have said that placing a child in child care before its first birthday does not affect ....
Max Bupa Health Insurance
To inform readers about details of third standalone health insurance company in India - Max Bupa ......
Child Care Centers Have A Role To Play In Curbing Childhood Obesity
Child care centers can play a vital role in curbing childhood obesity, as nearly 50 percent of ......

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use