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Multi-method evaluation of a paediatric ambulatory care unit (PACU): impact on families and staff
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    Re: The PACU model is complimentary to Paediatric emergency but is not an Alternative.
    • Mitch E Blair, Consultant Reader in Paediatrics and Child Public Health
    • Other Contributors:
      • Justin Gore

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    The above letter by Haythornthwaite et al. raises a number of important points. It also highlights how misinterpretation of the findings, no matter how subtle and easily made, can have an impact on the way in which the findings could be viewed and possibly used. Each point raised by the above authors are dealt with below:

    1) This paper concludes that PACU model is an effective alternative to...

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    None declared.
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    The PACU model is complimentary to Paediatric emergency but is not an Alternative.
    • Giles E Haythornthwaite, Paediatric Emergency Consultant
    • Other Contributors:
      • Gillian Park Consultant Emergency Northwick Park hospital, Ian Maconochie Paediatric Emergency Consultant St Marys Hospital

    Dear Sir

    Regarding Blair et al evaluation of a paediatric ambulatory care unit published on line 12 March 2008. This paper concludes that PACU model is an effective alternative to A&E services, suggesting that it could work in isolation, so that the emergency department would be relieved of seeing children.

    This is not the case, as PACUs need to be associated with an emergency department (ED), eithe...

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