WHO Should Update Guidelines For Children In Shock, Researchers Say

Two news outlets report on the WHO’s guidance on rapid fluid resuscitation of children in shock, saying scientists warn that thousands could be harmed if the guidelines are not changed.

The Guardian: WHO guidance ‘risks killing children’
In her Global Health Blog for The Guardian, Sarah Boseley writes that “[t]housands of children in Africa may die if the World Health Organization does not change its guidance on the treatment of children arriving in hospital with shock as a result of conditions such as acute malaria or septicemia, according to a group of highly respected researchers…” (1/13).

BBC News: Child shock guidelines ‘are deadly’
“Thousands of children could be dying each year because the World Health Organization has not updated guidelines for treating those going into shock, U.K. researchers warn. … The WHO said it had to be ‘very vigilant’ when changing guidelines. And that it aimed to publish a new set of interim guidelines by early 2015…” (Gallagher, 1/13).

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