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[Comment] New WHO guidelines on emergency triage assessment and treatment

For many decades WHO has provided invaluable guidelines for the health care of children in low-income and middle-income countries where resources are limited. The principles behind these guidelines are that they use a minimum number of clinical signs to identify the condition in question and classify its severity, are simple to understand and implement, use essential medicines and appropriate technology, and are fit for the context for which they are designed. Historically, the most successful clinical guidelines have been on the use of simple interventions for common diseases, including oral rehydration salts for dehydration from gastroenteritis and antibiotics for pneumonia.

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