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Many hospital ERs aren't ready to treat children

from The Wall Street Journal

When a child has a medical emergency, the first instinct is to rush to the nearest hospital ER. But, many emergency rooms are ill-equipped to treat infants and children and they are staffed with doctors and nurses who may not be trained in the specifics of pediatric care. Of 30 million children 18 years old and under who end up in emergency rooms each year, close to 90 percent are treated in general community hospitals, which often have no pediatric unit. more


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