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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2012 May 14;76 Suppl 1:S39-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2012.02.009. Epub 2012 Feb 17.

Prevention and early recognition: the role of family pediatrician.

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Pediatric Department, Azienda Ospedaliera-University of Padova, Padova, Italy. moretti@pediatria.unipd.it

Abstract

Even if it is empirically evident that pediatricians play a key role in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of FB injuries, almost all studies have focused on the subset of injured children who receive medical care in the hospital or in the Emergency Department; moreover, a lack of scientific interest to improve information about pediatric injuries in primary care seems to exist. Primary care physicians can play an important role if they promptly identify suspect unrecognized FB aspiration in children. Moreover, prevention is a cornerstone of pediatric practice, and pediatricians, as reliable sources of information, may be efficacious in promoting injury prevention message. Given the paucity of works finalized to evaluate the role of injury preventive strategies in primary care it is arduous to identify an ideal approach to implement counseling strategies. However, evidences obtained elsewhere have suggested that effective preventive strategy origins from an effective communication technique, moreover, the probability of success is greater when the attention toward the problem is greater; particularly, the postpartum period is a time of tremendous change, increased health problems, and emotional upheaval for new parents. General practitioners are in an ideal position to assist families during this period and may consider a sooner rather than later, approach to injury prevention education.

PMID:
22341473
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijporl.2012.02.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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