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It is important to understand that the delivery of health care to children is much different from adult care. Children are not small adults, and these differences place children at risk of harm, including:

  • Health care providers with little experience in assessing and treating pediatric patients based on anatomic and physiologic requirements.

  • Unique aspects of pediatric trauma, including breathing patterns and injuries to the head, spine and abdomen that can lead to treatment errors.

  • Medication dosing errors by inexperienced health care providers who do not take weight-based dosing into account.

  • Vulnerabilities to biological or chemical agents in inhaled toxin.