Nursing the acutely ill child and the child admitted for surgery
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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