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Title: Female perineal injuries in children and adolescents presenting to a Paediatric Emergency Department
Authors: Roland, Damian
Lewis, Gareth
Rowlands, Rachel
Davidson, Emmanuel
Davies, Ffion
First Published: 9-Mar-2015
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group, College of Emergency Medicine
Citation: Emergency Medicine Journal 2015
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1136/emermed-2014-204259
ISSN: 1472-0205
eISSN: 1472-0213
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Emergency Medicine Journal following peer review. The definitive copyedited, typeset version Emergency Medicine Journal 2015 is available online at:
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