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NCJ Number: 165911 Find in a Library
Title: Hospital Management of Child Abuse and Neglect
Journal: Virginia Child Protection Newsletter  Volume:45  Dated:(Summer 1995)  Pages:8-9,11
Author(s): J Zanga
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: For many abused children, the point of entry for intervention is the hospital emergency room; hospital emergency room staff should be prepared to suspect a diagnosis of child abuse, evaluate the child, report to child protection services, develop a medical treatment plan, and make referrals as part of discharge planning.
Abstract: Hospitals should respond to child abuse by providing a team approach, consistent 24-hour care, assistance to investigating agencies, and medical management of the child. A triage approach is suggested that includes physicians, case managers, and social workers. The medical history and examination should include several steps: initial medical history and social assessment, physical examination and testing, and investigative interviews of children and families. Nursing, social work, and medical students should be educated in how to deal with child abuse cases. Hospitals play a major role in the diagnosis and management of child abuse cases, particularly in the areas of case consultation and advice, comprehensive evaluation, treatment and referral, and the provision of feedback to social service and police departments.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse reporting; Child abuse treatment; Child protection services; Child victims; Juvenile dependency and neglect
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