APEM is a charity affiliated to the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, promoting excellence, training & research into Paediatric Emergency Medicine. It has an important role in setting training requirements and competencies.
Why is its role so important?
- Numerically children are 25-30% (3-4 million a year) of all UK A&E attendances
- Disease progression can be catastrophically rapid; its management may be appreciably different from related adult conditions
- Non-accidental injury may present subtley, and its proper management mandates specialist involvement
- Children's needs and that of their families are different - large issues may lie behind an apparently trivial attendance
What is most important is for the child to see the most appropriate practitioner in the most appropriate facilities.