Oral Rehydration: Patients with Vomiting and/or Diarrhoea - Emergency Department

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To decrease the number of children receiving nasogastric or intravenous fluid therapy resulting in a decreased need for admission and unnecessary intervention. • To utilise waiting times effectively and commence oral rehydration treatment in those children with vomiting and / or diarrhoea at the time of triage where appropriate • To demonstrate and educate parents/ carers on the purpose of commencing oral rehydration in the waiting room prior to medical assessment and to encourage them to document progress. • To maintain ongoing observation and assessment of those children receiving oral rehydration. • To ensure children who present to the emergency department with vomiting and/or diarrhoea are considered for a trial of oral fluids before medical assessment providing they meet the inclusion criteria

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