These Patient Care Guidelines and Clinical practices were developed to allow clinicians to provide preeminent, evidence based care to our pediatric patients in varying situations. In some instances, it is necessary to abbreviate or shorten terms to provide the most concise set of guidelines possible.
These guidelines are not meant to serve as a teaching tool, but are written with the understanding that the field provider knows how to perform the procedures. If there are references to procedures, medications, or conditions to which the clinician is not familiar, it is his/her responsibility to attain the appropriate guidance and/or education prior to performing such procedures or using such medications. Sound clinical judgment and experience are necessary for successful use of these guidelines.