Taking your child to the emergency room is a scary experience, but many
parents go through it at some point since kids tend to be accident-prone
daredevils. They’re also more likely to be hit harder by common
ailments, such as the flu. Unfortunately, despite the fact that children
accounted for 20 percent of ER visits in 2006, most emergency rooms are
ill-equipped to care for their tiny bodies.

September 21, 2009, ABC News reported, “Out of almost 4,000 EDs in
the U.S., only 6 percent are fully prepared to properly care for pediatric
patients, according to a new joint policy statement from the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians
(ACEP) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), published today in
the journal Pediatrics.”

The writer attributed this to the fact that small-town hospitals may not
see enough pediatric patients to justify the expense of child-sized blood
pressure cuffs and the like. Worse, some emergency rooms lack doctors
trained in pediatric medicine.

“Currently, there are 758 active pediatric ED doctors,” ABC
News stated. “Without trained pediatric emergency physicians, patients
are subject to delays as equipment is gathered or as they are stabilized
for transfer to a different facility.”

As one doctor stated, it’s imperative that every emergency room be
able to treat any patient it sees. “In a state of crisis, most people
will go wherever is closest, or wherever the ambulance takes them. They
should not have to second-guess whether that is a wise choice.”

If you have a question about your child’s emergency room visit or
pediatric malpractice,
contact Mellino Law firm today at (440) 333-3800 for a free consultation.