Nursing the acutely ill child and the child admitted for surgery

  • Helen Lewer
  • Leslie Robertson
Part of the The Essentials of Nursing book series (TEON)


An acute illness is one that occurs suddenly and is of short duration, e.g. tonsillitis, otitis media, gastro-enteritis, appendicitis. The illness is unexpected. The child may be nursed at home, or if sufficiently ill, for example, increasing dehydration in a child with gastro-enteritis, he will be admitted to hospital. Follow-up care may be required. If a child has repeated attacks of tonsillitis, misses school, or hearing becomes impaired, he may require surgery for a tonsillectomy. This can be planned. In this section guidance is given for both planned and emergency admissions and examples are given to help you plan and adjust your nursing care accordingly.


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Further reading

  1. DHSS (1984). AIDS Interim Guidelines, Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (revised June 1986), HMSO, London.Google Scholar
  2. RCN (1985). AIDS Nursing Guidelines, 1st report of the RCN AIDS Working Party, RCN, London.Google Scholar
  3. Orem, D. (1985). Nursing Concepts of Practice, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.Google Scholar
  4. Roper, N., Logan, W. and Tierney, A. J. (1985). The Elements of Nursing, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.Google Scholar
  5. Hunt, P. and Sendell, B. (1987). Nursing the Adult with a Specific Physiological Disturbance, 2nd edn, Macmillan Education, London.Google Scholar

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© Helen Lewer and Leslie Robertson 1987

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  • Helen Lewer
  • Leslie Robertson

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