According to an article by McPherson in Pediatrics, children with special health care needs (CSHCN) are defined as “those who have or are at an increased risk for a chronic physical,developmental, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally”.The conditions can be either acquired or congenital. These children are a diverse group of patients who frequently need out-of-hospital emergency assessment and treatment. This high-user group includes but is not limited to children who were born prematurely; have suffered closed head injury and have central nervous system (CNS) injuries; or have chronic problems of the lungs, brain, or kidneys. Examples of acquired conditions include cerebral palsy or bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Examples of congenital problems are cyanotic heart disease or spina bifida.
|Title of host publication||Paediatric education for prehospital professionals|
|Editors||Susan Fuchs, Bruce L. Klein|
|Place of Publication||Burlington, US|
|Publisher||Jones and Bartlett Publishers|
|Number of pages||49|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|