Rapid Access Guide for Pediatric Emergencies

Rapid Access Guide for Pediatric Emergencies

Providing Expert Nursing Care

Deb Jeffries, MSN-Ed., RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, Lynn Sayre Visser, MSN, RN, PHN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN


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Delineates essential pediatric knowledge and skills that will greatly enhance nursing orientation and ongoing education

This pocket-sized resource for nurses confronting pediatric emergencies provides immediate access to vital, life-saving information. Ideal for a variety of settings, this guide distills the wisdom of expert pediatric emergency clinicians who provide a wealth of critical information from basic foundational knowledge through red flag presentations and triage.

After describing how to best incorporate the guide into practice, the book conveys important contextual information about pediatric developmental stages, anatomy and physiology, and how to communicate effectively with patients and caregivers. This essential resource provides comprehensive triage content; a combination of concept-based learning, disease pathology, and recognition according to body system; and psychosocial considerations. Additionally, behavioral health issues, congenital cardiac anomalies, and children with unique needs, along with assessments, interventions, critical medications, and selected components of resuscitation are covered.

This text provides emergency, urgent care, clinic, school nurses and others, both experienced and inexperienced, with a pocket reference when caring for the pediatric patient. A quick-reference section highlights emergency pediatric procedures and medication administration for at-a-glance information. Chapters contain space for taking notes, inscribing important phone numbers, or pasting facility-specific policies and procedures.

Key Features:

  • Concise, pocket-sized, immediate-access format
  • Useful for emergency, urgent care, clinic, school, detention center, summer camp settings, and others
  • Utilizes a systematic evidence-based approach for the triage, assessment, and identification of appropriate interventions for a variety of clinical presentations
  • Describes nursing pearls and critical concepts of pediatric emergency care
  • Addresses typical vs. atypical patient presentations
  • Provides step-by-step information for pediatric procedures
  • Addresses anatomic and physiologic age-specific considerations applicable to each disease pathology or injury
  • Icons are used throughout the book to quickly direct the user to specific content areas
  • Contains blank note pages for customization


Deb Jeffries, MSN-Ed., RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN:

Deb Jeffries, MSN-Ed., RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN is a registered nurse with over three decades of experience in critical care and emergency nursing and has dedicated much of her career toward clinical education in the acute care emergency setting. She has contributed globally to the standardization, process throughput, and implementation of best-practices for emergency department triage.  She is a passionate advocate for and has presented emergency department triage education nationally and internationally. Ms. Jeffries is a TNCC and ENPC course director and an ACLS, PALS, and BLS instructor. She has authored, contributed to or reviewed multiple peer reviewed publications and educational content. She received her Master of Science in Nursing with an Education focus and her Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees from Regis University in Colorado.


Lynn Sayre Visser, MSN, RN, PHN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN has been a nurse for over 25 years devoting her career to emergency nursing, triage education, mentoring others, and writing about topics that impact nursing. She is a change-agent and philanthropist and has been published in a variety of arenas including books, journals, and blogs. She is the co-author of Fast Facts for the Triage Nurse: An Orientation and Care Guide, Essentials for the Triage Nurse (available in the United Kingdom), and Rapid Access Guide for Triage and Emergency Nurses. She has been recognized for her work with multiple book awards as well as the Sigma Theta Tau Edith Moore Copeland Founders Award for excellence in creativity. She is a graduate of the University of California Davis, Samuel Merritt University, Walden University, and Semester at Sea. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with an emphasis in education and a double Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology and nursing.