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Clinical guideline for retained button batteries

Lookup NU author(s): Steven Powell, Bruce Jaffray, Dr Stephen Ball


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© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2020. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ. Objective: To design a clinical guideline for the emergency management of retained button batteries (RBBs) through analysis of UK National Health Service hospital guidelines and published literature. Method: 49 acute hospitals were contacted, and their guidelines were analysed. A consensus guideline was then created with multidisciplinary input. The final guideline was independently peer reviewed by the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (ENT UK) clinical guidelines committee. Results: 40 (82%) trusts responded. 28 had a guideline for the management of a RBB in the aerodigestive tract. Significant variation between guidelines assessment, investigation and management of a RBB was identified. Conclusion: A single-page guideline was designed to improve frontline healthcare professional's immediate investigation and management of a RBB on presentation to emergency care. This has been published by ENT UK as a clinical guideline.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Houston R, Powell S, Jaffray B, Ball S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archives of Disease in Childhood

Year: 2021

Volume: 106

Issue: 2

Pages: 192-194

Print publication date: 01/02/2021

Online publication date: 10/02/2020

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0003-9888

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2044

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2019-318354

PubMed id: 32041734


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