Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children: Guidelines for the Managmeent of Common Childhood Illnesses (WHO)
Rami gives us an overview of the recently-updated Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children by the World Health Organization (WHO) for doctors, nurses and other senior health workers in developing countries. Have a read of the review and then check out more Books and Films.
The WHO Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children is a point of care resource for health workers in district hospitals. It is an evidence-based compilation of guidelines in the management of the most important neonatal and childhood illnesses.
The Pocket Book was the product of collaboration between international experts in the field, brought together by the World Health Organization. As of 2012, the Pocket Book has been at least partially implemented in 64 of 145 low and middle-income countries, including 42 of 64 countries considered to have high childhood mortality. The Pocket Book has been translated in at least 10 different languages, and is being used as a tool for under-graduate, and in-service training.
Traditionally, there has been a lack of comprehensive international guidelines for managing children at the district hospital level. And yet it is to these hospitals that sick children are initially referred to from primary health facilities. The Pocket Book aims to extend the approach of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) to what a health worker needs to know to provide life-saving treatment at a hospital level.
To obtain copies of the WHO Pocket Book, please visit the WHO Book Shop.
To access the Pocket Book (in multiple languages) online visit www.ichrc.org. There you can also view the evidence-base for the Pocket Book.
If you are interested in learning more, contact Rami at: Rami.Subhi@rch.org.au