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Female perineal injuries in children and adolescents presenting to a Paediatric Emergency Department

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posted on 2015-03-16, 10:32 authored by Damian Roland, Gareth Lewis, Rachel Rowlands, Emmanuel Davidson, Ffion Davies
This retrospective case series determined documentation quality and likelihood of safeguarding issues in females aged 0-15 years with perineal and genital injuries presenting to a Paediatric Emergency Department (ED). Between 2002 and 2010 cases were identified and clinical information recorded. Cases were cross-referenced against the hospital’s safeguarding unit’s records up to 2011. 181 case notes were available for review with 76.2% of patients discharged home from the ED. Fewer than 50% of case notes contained clear anatomical description of the injuries. In 51 (28.2%) cases child safeguarding issues were considered, with specific referrals made to safeguarding services in 20 of these (11.0%). Only one case involved subsequent child safeguarding proceedings. Clear documentation of injury patterns by medical staff was poor but medical and nursing staff should not be anxious about dealing with this cohort of patients as they are no different from other accidental injuries needing diligent levels of child safeguarding awareness.

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Citation

Emergency Medicine Journal 2015

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND PSYCHOLOGY/School of Medicine/Department of Health Sciences

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Emergency Medicine Journal 2015

Publisher

BMJ Publishing Group, College of Emergency Medicine

issn

1472-0205

eissn

1472-0213

Copyright date

2015

Available date

2015-03-16

Publisher version

http://emj.bmj.com/content/early/2015/03/09/emermed-2014-204259

Language

en

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