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Emergency Nurses to spot and respond to child abuse

October 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

In a similar approach taken by dental therapists in New Zealand in a recent meeting, emergency nurses are urged to be the 'fence at the top of the cliff' acting properly in their roles as gatekeepers at Emergency Departments.They are advised to spot and respond to child abuse.

Specialist Paediatrician and child protection expert Dr Kelly put it simply this way:

'If a child sustains serious and permanent injury, that's going to be a health issue for life.' He was speaking at the 22nd College of Emergency Nurses conference in Nelson.

It is encouraging that 'health professionals increasingly see child abuse as a health issue as well as a social one in the same way that obesity and smoking are'. 

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