In the emergency department (ED), frontline providers are tasked with the rapid assessment and stabilization of patients for whom a chief complaint is the only information available. During your Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) rotation, you will work with a team to quickly determine the patient’s severity of illness and to marshal the resources necessary to care for a child who may be suffering from a multitude of possible disease processes.
This rotation guide addresses the most common chief complaints in pediatric patients who present to the emergency department. Since PEM physicians manage pathology from virtually every other pediatric subspecialty, this guide will focus on the initial assessment and management of patients suffering from acute illness. More details of specific disease processes are provided in the rotation guide for the corresponding pediatric subspecialty.
Other topics related to pediatric emergency medicine are covered in the following rotation guides: