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
Martinot A, Fourier C, Leclerc F. Family Practitioner Preparedness for Pediatric Emergencies. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(5):530–531. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170420100022
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