Queensland Paediatric Emergency Guidelines

These guidelines outline the current recommendations for the care and management of children presenting to an Emergency Department (ED) in Queensland.

Flowcharts and guidelines
Acute otitis media View flowchartView guideline

middle ear infection, 60000

Acute scrotal pain View guideline

Scrotal pain, testicular torsion, abdominal pain, 600001

Allergy and anaphylaxis View flowchartView guideline

acute allergic reaction, 60011

Asthma View flowchartView guideline

Wheeze, reactive airway, 60002

Bronchiolitis View flowchartView guideline

respiratory tract, 60012

Cervical spine injury View flowchartView guideline

spinal, CSI, 60025

Constipation View flowchartView guideline

600003

Croup View flowchartView guideline

airway obstruction, 60004

DKA and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycaemic State View flowchartView guideline

hyperglycaemia, ketonaemia, ketonuria, 60016

DKA – Ongoing management View flowchartView guideline

hyperglycaemia, ketonaemia, ketonuria, 60016

Drowning View flowchartView guideline

immersion, 60013

Febrile convulsion View guideline

seizure, fit, 60005

Febrile illness - less than 3 months View flowchartView guideline

fever, temperature, 60006

Febrile illness - 3 months and above View flowchartView guideline

fever, temperature, 60006

Febrile illness with petechial rash View flowchartView guideline

fever, temperature, petechial-rash

Foreign body - ear View flowchartView guideline

aural, button battery, 60021

Foreign body - ingested View flowchartView guideline

button battery, 60019

Foreign body - inhaled View flowchartView guideline

airway obstruction, 60020

Foreign body - nose View flowchartView guideline

nasal, button battery, 60022

Gastroenteritis View flowchartView guideline

Gastro, diarrhoea, 60015

Head injury View flowchartView guideline

intracranial, 60023

Headache View flowchartView guideline

migraine, 60017

Limp View flowchartView guideline

septic arthritis, 60007

Meningitis View flowchartView guideline

sepsis, 60008

Paracetamol ingestion View flowchartView guideline

overdose, NAC, 60018

Pre-school wheeze View flowchartView guideline

wheeze, preschool, pre-school, reactive airway, viral induced wheeze, pneumonitis, 60009

Sepsis View flowchartView guideline

shock, critical, toxic shock syndrome, meningitis, 60010

Status epilepticus View flowchartView guideline

seizure, convulsion, fit, 60014

Unexplained hypoglycaemia View flowchartView guideline

metabolic, 60024

Urinary tract infection View flowchartView guideline

UTI, 60026

Guidelines intended for use at Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) may also be useful for Queensland Health Emergency clinicians across the state if there is not a local HHS guideline. A selection of relevant guidelines can be found below or you can search all Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service guidelines.

Guidelines currently under development

  • Animal bites
  • Community acquired pneumonia
  • Dental emergencies
  • Eczema
  • Hand injuries
  • Hyperkalaemia
  • Non-blanching rash
  • Syncope
Paediatric Improvement Collaborative Guidelines are endorsed for use in Queensland and result from a collaboration between the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Clinical Excellence Queensland, The NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and Safer Care Victoria to develop clinical guidelines applicable across all jurisdictions and improve the care of children. View PIC guidelines.