Unwell Child

The aim of this module is to enable the healthcare professional to enhance their ability to recognise and manage the acutely ill child.
The use of writing in the first person will be seen throughout this essay. I will be using the advote Hamill (1999). Writing in the first person enables you to make the essay more personal to you, as you are able to put your feelings and thoughts across.
The purpose of this essay is to show that I have developed my knowledge and understanding of acute presentations in paediatrics including red flag diagnoses and red flag symptoms. I will be discussing how to make an assessment of an acutely ill child and review the management of the critical / seriously ill or emergency cases in childhood. Finally I will be reflecting upon the knowledge and understanding that I have gained during this course.
This module covers recognising the “acutely ill” child but in fact the age range covered is from new-borns to adolescents. When an adolescent reaches the age of 16 they are usually deemed “Gillick Competent” meaning they understand the importance of medical treatment required and the consequences that may occur should they refuse. Depending on the circumstances Gillick Competence can be applied to children as young as 12 years old, as it depends on the individuals understanding (CINAPS).
Paramedics are governed by the Health Professions Council (HPC) who are there to protect the public and paramedics. Paramedics are required to work autonomous and make decisions to provide the best treatment required by the patient by referring to the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) guidelines.