Have you read this paper? If not, hop to it. READ, PRINT, HIGHLIGHT and then give to each physician on your team please!
Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Emergency Department: Looking Beyond Behavior
We’re not sure if this is helpful in focusing on one thing in particular, especially if the entire article ends up highlighted! However, there is really important information here and each line brings with it a need for further discussion. It’s a fantastic first step and we can count on more of this from Richard Frye, MD PhD and his group at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
Truly exciting to see a published article specifically aimed at the Emergency Department and a platform for what AIM believes to be pertinent steps to appropriate, basic medical care specifically for the autism community.
Medical Professionals: It’s time to pay attention here. Those parents walking through your door are veterans educated in all things pertaining to their child. Listen intently and know your reliance on a “system” may not be the only tool necessary to appropriately diagnose, treat and refer this child.
Parents: Most important, you’re validated yet again. From there let’s highlight some of the more common complaints we encounter, known situations we endure, and the struggles we have as parents communicating each of these things to medical professionals while in an emergency setting. Highlights from this paper below: