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May 1997

Family Practitioner Preparedness for Pediatric Emergencies

Author Affiliations

Service de Réanimation Pédiatrique Hôpital Jeanne de Flandre 2 place O. Lambret 59037 Lille Cedex France
Lille Cedex

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(5):530-531. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170420100022

We read with interest the article by Drs Flores and Weinstock, titled "The Preparedness of Pediatricians for Emergencies in the Office."1 This article confirms the results of previous studies2-4 on the preparedness of North American office practitioners (pediatricians and/or family practitioners) for pediatric emergencies. In France, emergency services with mobile intensive care unit staffed by a trained physician are extensively developed, and we hypothesized that the situation could be different. Thus, we conducted a survey5 in the northern area of France ("département du Nord"), which includes a large urban area and rural areas (2.5 million inhabitants). A 2-page questionnaire was mailed to a random sample of 104 family practitioners. Answers were collected over the telephone 10 days later by the same investigator (C.F.). The response rate was 75%. Availability and use of drugs and equipment in practitioner offices are given in the Table. We observed striking differences