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Pediatricians Can Be Key in Improving Rural Emergency Care

10/29/2012 For Release: October 29, 2012

Pediatricians can play a valuable role in ensuring that children living in rural communities have access to high-quality and comprehensive emergency care, according to the AAP policy statement, “The Role of the Pediatrician in Rural Emergency Medical Services for Children,” published in the November 2012 issue of Pediatrics (published online Oct. 29). Children living in rural communities have unique surgical and medical needs. They have an increased risk of disability and death from injury, trauma and medical disease because of long transport times to care and a lack of optimal, available medical expertise. The policy statement outlines obstacles to care in rural communities and urges pediatricians to help develop community-sensitive strategies to organize regionalized pediatric emergency care, using available rural expertise and assets, to optimize outcomes of seriously ill or injured rural children. 

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.