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.
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.