Help with spotting a sick child
GPs and other healthcare professionals can improve their skills in assessing acutely sick children thanks to a new interactive website.
Spotting the Sick Child is a tool commissioned by the Department of Health, and developed in collaboration with academics and clinicians, to help the assessment of acutely sick children.
The website incorporates recommendations from eight NICE clinical guidelines, and aims to reflect the guidance and support its use.
Based on real life scenarios, and using video footage of real patients, the website provides information on common symptoms. It also allows you to test yourself on real patients at your own pace, and provides you with the ability to customise your learning environment and track progress.
The site is split into five main areas, with the first section on basic child assessment.
In this area, a “minute toolkit” gives a thorough framework for ‘top to toe' examination of a child, with additional information on how to actually carry out the checks.
The next area on symptoms is split into seven sections, namely, Difficulty in Breathing, Fever, Rash, Fits, Dehydration, Abdominal Pain and Head Injury.
Each section features background information, points to consider for examination and red flag conditions to look out for.
The project was led by Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, a Fellow at NICE, and Consultant Paediatrician and Professor at University College London.
Professor Lakanpaul said: “Children do not always feature as part of the training for frontline healthcare professionals, and this website provides an added tool to help support them.
“NICE guidelines provided the evidence base for this website. It is important that all healthcare professionals are using a similar standard that they can meet.
“We were careful to make sure that where NICE clinical guidelines included relevant recommendations, and we incorporated those recommendations. That provides consistency.”
NICE recently added links to a range of other online learning modules that are all available on the online education tools section of our website.
22 February 2012