CLINICAL QUERIES: Caring for a child in an adult unit

May 2010 
Volume 40  Number 5
Pages 55 - 55
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Bridget Parsh, EdD, MSN, RN, CNS, and Christina Sillman, BSN, RN, reply: Make sure your facility and unit have policies and procedures that specifically address pediatric patients, and ask for periodic staff development programs addressing care of pediatric patients. These will help ensure nurses have the necessary knowledge and skills to care for children. Perhaps your facility has a pediatric clinical nurse specialist who can act as a clinical resource for you and the rest of the nursing staff.Before accepting a pediatric patient in your unit, make sure that appropriately sized supplies and equipment are readily available, such as I.V. supplies, oxygen delivery devices, BP cuffs, and medications in dosage forms and concentrations appropriate for pediatric patients. Ensure you have an accurate patient weight because drugs are prescribed based on body weight in kilograms. A pediatric supply cart would be helpful, and immediate access to a pediatric code cart is essential. Have pediatric

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