The role of emergency physicians in the care of the child in school

Ann Emerg Med. 2000 Feb;35(2):155-61. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(00)70135-1.


Emergency physicians may contribute significantly to the health of children in the school setting. Because children spend the majority of their waking hours in school, they and their adult caretakers experience medical and surgical emergencies on a regular basis. These emergencies include a wide range of problems, such as asthma, seizures, firearms violence, and mass disasters. Additionally, many children in school have limited access to primary care, which increases their risk for medical emergencies. Recent reports from the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Emergency Medical Services for Children Program have described the challenges in improving the medical care of children in both the emergency and school settings. The prevalence of school health emergencies provides an opportunity for use of the expertise of emergency physicians. Emergency physicians have an important role in ensuring the proper treatment of emergency medical problems that occur in school. They need to be integrally involved in the development and organization of systems for prevention, initial stabilization, definitive management, and responsible follow-up of medical problems and injuries.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Advocacy
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Medical Services* / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunization
  • Male
  • Physician's Role*
  • Physicians*
  • Primary Health Care
  • Quality of Health Care
  • School Health Services* / standards
  • Societies, Medical