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Short-stay facilities in accident and emergency departments for children.
  1. T F Beattie,
  2. J Ferguson,
  3. P A Moir
  1. Accident & Emergency Department, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.


    This paper assesses short stay ward facilities for children in the United Kingdom. The results of a postal questionnaire indicate that 50% of departments surveyed have a short-stay ward. Of these 25% admit small numbers of children. These are mainly children who have sustained trauma-related problems. The potential role of paediatric short-stay ward facilities is discussed.

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