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Paediatric knife crime: beware sharp object!
  1. Marc McNulty,
  2. Scott Hendry
  1. Paediatric Emergency Department, Royal Hospital for Children, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Yorkhill Division, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marc McNulty, University of Glasgow College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK; marc.mcnulty{at}

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As paediatricians, interpersonal violence and knife crime are not something encountered as part of our everyday workload. However, violent injuries from knife crime have risen 25% over the past 10 years, with children and young people increasingly involved as both victims and perpetrators.1–3 We should be aware as it has implications for the safety of healthcare staff and other patients in paediatric emergency departments (PEDs).

This case involved a 13-year-old …

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