Queensland Paediatric Emergency Care

This website contains a range of resources that may be useful when caring for children in Emergency Department (EDs) in Queensland. The content has been endorsed for statewide use by the Emergency Care of Children Working Group in partnership with the Queensland Emergency Department Strategic Advisory Panel and the Healthcare Improvement Unit, Clinical Excellence Queensland.

Unsure if you need a critical
inter-hospital transfer?

Our Queensland Paediatric Transport Triage Tool use a combination of individual physiological parameters, the total Children’s Early Warning Tool (CEWT) score and specific condition triggers, to identify patients who are critically unwell or have a significant risk of deterioration during inter-hospital transfer.

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Unsure if you need a critical inter-hospital transfer?

Our Queensland Paediatric Transport Triage Tool use a combination of individual physiological parameters, the total Children’s Early Warning Tool (CEWT) score and specific condition triggers, to identify patients who are critically unwell or have a significant risk of deterioration during inter-hospital transfer.

View tools
The Statewide Emergency Care of Children Working Group consists of senior emergency medical and nursing clinicians from 24 emergency departments across Queensland:

  • Bundaberg Hospital
  • Caboolture Hospital
  • Cairns Hospital
  • Gladstone Hospital
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Gympie Hospital
  • Hervey Bay Hospital
  • Ipswich Hospital, Gladstone Hospital
  • Logan Hospital
  • Mackay Hospital
  • Maryborough Hospital
  • Mount Isa Hospital
  • Nambour Hospital
  • QEII Hospital
  • Queensland Children’s Hospital
  • Redcliffe Hospital
  • Redland Hospital
  • Robina Hospital
  • Rockhampton Hospital
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Toowoomba Hospital Townsville Hospital
  • Townsville Hospital
The information contained in the Queensland Paediatric Emergency Care website is intended for information purposes only. The information has been prepared using a multidisciplinary approach with reference to the best information and evidence available at the time of preparation. No assurance is given that the information is entirely complete, current, or accurate in every respect.

The guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement, knowledge and expertise, or medical advice. Variation from the guideline, taking into account individual circumstances may be appropriate.

This guideline does not address all elements of standard practice and accepts that individual clinicians are responsible for the following:

  • Providing care within the context of locally available resources, expertise, and scope of practice.
  • Supporting consumer rights and informed decision making in partnership with healthcare practitioners including the right to decline intervention or ongoing management.
  • Advising consumers of their choices in an environment that is culturally appropriate and which enables comfortable and confidential discussion. This includes the use of interpreter services where necessary.
  • Ensuring informed consent is obtained prior to delivering care.
  • Meeting all legislative requirements and professional standards.
  • Applying standard precautions, and additional precautions as necessary, when delivering care.
  • Documenting all care in accordance with mandatory and local requirements.

Children’s Health Queensland disclaims, to the maximum extent permitted by law, all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs incurred for any reason associated with the use of this guideline, including the materials within or referred to throughout this document being in any way inaccurate, out of context, incomplete or unavailable.

For clinical advice follow your usual escalation channels. If you have any feedback relating to the resources contained on this site email us at QPEC@health.qld.gov.au

Sponsored by the Queensland Emergency Department Strategic Advisory Panel (QEDSAP) in association with Clinical Excellence Queensland.