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Following the publication of the guideline review “Evidence based guideline for post-seizure management in children presenting acutely to secondary care”1 we would like to clarify the following.
First, the guideline is published in its original algorithm format in a peer reviewed journal2 as well as being available on the PIER website (www.pier.shef.ac.uk), complete with minor changes following the updated systematic review in 2002.
Second, the guideline was not published until it had been assessed with regard to ease of use and clinical impact. The findings of this large scale field study show its effectiveness in improvements in quality of care and are also published.3
Third, the original guideline was developed by The Paediatric Accident & Emergency Research Group, and represents many years of work. The individuals and affiliations at the time of the research are as follows:
K Armon, M Atkinson, P Hemmingway, M Lakhanpaul, T Stephenson; Academic Division of Child Health, School of Human Development, University of Nottingham
R MacFaul; Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield
S Smith; Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham
U Werneke; Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital, London