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  1. J M Fell,
  2. G W Rylance
  1. Childrens Hospital, Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham.


    One hundred and fifty parents of emergency paediatric admissions were interviewed; 60 of 106 (57%) blood samples were taken and 107 of 120 (89%) treatment regimens were instituted without their permission. Furthermore, the reasons for over half the blood tests and 31% of the drug treatments were not explained.

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