Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) is a medical subspecialty of both pediatrics and emergency medicine, in which the pediatric emergency medicine physician provides immediate recognition, evaluation, care, stabilization and disposition of infants and children in response to acute illness and injury.

Emergency is a condition which is severe injury or illness that is threatening to child's health or might cause permanent harm. Emergencies can be both physical and psychological in nature with symptoms that may include: Physical trauma involving the head, chest or abdomen.

The most common emergencies encountered in pediatric practice are:

  • Respiratory distress
  • Dehydration
  •  Anaphylaxis
  • Seizures and trauma

Related Associations: Academic Pediatric Association | Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns | American Academy of Pediatrics | American Board of Pediatrics | American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics | American Pediatric Surgical Association

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