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Emerg Med J. 2004 Sep;21(5):562-4.

Detection of non-accidental injuries presenting at emergency departments.

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North Western Health Board, Public Health Department, Letterkenny, Republic of Ireland. adelemckinney@hotmail.com <adelemckinney@hotmail.com>

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate whether cases of possible non-accidental injury as identified using five risk indicators give rise to any subjective concerns of child abuse.

METHODS:

Questionnaires were completed by the triage nurse and attending doctor for every child attending the general hospitals of the North Western Health Board, with an injury, during a six month period. The questionnaires included an assessment of subjective concerns about the injury occurrence and five risk indicators of child abuse.

RESULTS:

Children presenting with an injury who had two or more positive indicators failed to raise subjective concerns in the attending emergency department staff.

CONCLUSIONS:

The introduction of a policy of identifying positive indicators from the five risk indicators of child abuse needs additional computer support within emergency departments.

PMID:
15333530
PMCID:
PMC1726463
DOI:
10.1136/emj.2003.008607
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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