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<< Nonaccidental Injury in Pediatric Patients: Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment (Trauma CME)

Disposition

Because emergency clinicians are mandated reporters, a report should be filed with CPS when there is concern for possible child maltreatment.57 This critical step often affects the disposition of the patient as well as those living in the home. If a child abuse specialist is available, he or she can also aid in the planning of the child’s disposition and can answer questions the emergency clinician may have. Child abuse specialists can evaluate the child in the hospital (if admitted) and can also perform follow-up in their clinic, as needed.

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