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Spotting the sick child (DVD)
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Edited by Ffion Davies. University Hospital of Leicester and Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, 2004, £8.99 single copy, or £6.46 for orders of six or more, ISBN 1 904039 11 1

This innovative joint project between the Department of Health and the Royal Colleges of Accident and Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics and Child Health is an extremely useful educational resource. The DVD was commissioned due to the concern of the Department of Health in England about door-to-needle times for meningococcal disease in children. The aim was to set up a video teaching package for A&E doctors and paediatricians about recognition of serious illness in childhood. The original remit was extended to include GPs, paramedics, emergency care practitioners, and others assessing children. I noticed that all the consultants received a copy as part of the Children’s National Service Framework package and it looked interesting. The cartoon representations on the cover artwork show a worried-looking doctor bemused by caricatures of spotty, crying, febrile, and flushed children. This simple and …

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