From our NCD colleagues here at GHDonline:
NCD Child is excited to announce that the second edition contains the inclusion of important NCD-related guidelines mainly, asthma management advice, management of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, information on congenital conditions, as well as pain control and other supportive care. This will be greatly empowering to frontline workers who may not have as much experience in the management of NCDs at the level of first referral in lower income countries and extremely useful in ensuring that NCDs remain a priority for future editions.
This is a great resource for everyone involved in childhood clinical treatment and management and is highly recommended.
The pocketbook is available in PDF format on the WHO website
I would like thank you so much for your time,
Yen-Thanh Mac, M.D.
NCD Child Social Media Manager
Follow us at @NCDChild
Pocket book of hospital care for children: Second edition
Guidelines for the management of common childhood illnesses
By The World Health Organization
This is the second edition of the Pocket book of hospital care for children. It is for use by doctors, nurses and other health workers who are responsible for the care of young children at the first level referral hospitals. The Pocket Book is one of a series of documents and tools that support the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). It is an update of the 2005 edition, and presents up-to-date evidence based clinical guidelines from several recently updated and published WHO guidelines and recommendations. The guidelines are for use in both inpatient and outpatient care in hospitals with basic laboratory facilities and essential medicines. These guidelines focus on the management of the major causes of childhood mortality in most developing countries, such as newborn problems, pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, meningitis, septicaemia, measles and related conditions, severe acute malnutrition and paediatric HIV/AIDS. It also covers common procedures, patient monitoring and supportive care on the wards and some common surgical conditions that can be managed in small hospitals.
Details of the evidence on which the Pocket Book is based can be found on the WHO website from the relevant published guidelines provided in the bibliography. This bedside paediatric care guidelines are applicable in most areas of the world and may be adapted to suit country specific circumstances. However, advanced and high care treatment options, such as intensive care or mechanical ventilation, are not described. The Pocket Book is also available in hard copies although the online version will be updated regularly as new evidence emerges.
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Additional Pocketbook Topics:
Pocket book of hospital care for children (2005 edition)
In English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish
Serious childhood problems in countries with limited resources
Management of the child with a serious infection or severe malnutrition
The International Child Health Review Collaboration
Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI)