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Could lack of necessary equipment and training to manage common paediatric emergencies within primary healthcare centres impact on secondary healthcare services?
  1. M G Gnanalingham,
  2. G Harris,
  3. E Didcock
  1. Department of Community Paediatrics, Strelley Health Centre, Nottingham NG8 6LN, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr M G Gnanalingham
 Academic Division of Child Health, School of Human Development, University Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK; molingham{at}

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Front line paramedics in the UK lack emergency paediatric equipment and skills.1 However, comparative assessments within primary healthcare centres have not been forthcoming, despite their potential propensity for paediatric emergencies and need for resuscitation drugs.2 Indeed, within our locality, East Midlands ambulances were summoned to 27 paediatric emergencies in the same centres surveyed in the preceding year. Moreover, in over …

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