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Apparent life-threatening events: difficult for parents, difficult for clinicians
  1. Lucinda Claire Winckworth,
  2. Nikki L Earl,
  3. Charles Stewart
  1. Paediatric Emergency Department, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Charles Stewart, Paediatric Emergency Department, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London SW10 9NH, UK; Stewart{at}chelwest.nhs.uk

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We read the recent article by Hoki et al1 with great interest. How, what and when to investigate apparent life-threatening events (ALTE) has been subject to much debate over the years. Having recently witnessed the inter-clinician variability at our institution in investigating such events, we performed a review of current practice in the UK, examining the existence and contents of any ALTE guidelines.

All training paediatric emergency departments in the UK (n=21) …

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