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Handling unaccompanied minors in the emergency department

from Physician's Weekly

Illness and injury may strike children at any time or place. Young patients may present to the emergency department without legal a guardian. Perhaps they are coming from school or daycare, or extracurricular activities or jobs. Perhaps they are immigrants without legal guardians. Maybe they are simply adolescents driving themselves to the ED or are runaway youths seeking care. One can imagine minors presenting without a guardian from mass casualties or disasters, or any other number of scenarios. This raises the question of how medical evaluation and treatment should be delivered to a minor patient in the ED. more

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