Child Abuse Pediatrician CARES, St. Luke's Children's Hospital, Boise, Idaho
Missing children are at high risk for a very diverse set of medical and psychological illnesses and diseases which can uniquely effect every organ system of the body. If not treated, the child may experience increased risk for disability or death. Many of these illnesses are contagious and can be spread by the child if not treated. For this reason, thorough medical evaluation and care are essential for the health of, not only the individual child, but also anyone the child comes in contact with...including first responders. Specific illnesses and diseases will be discussed in terms of the child's health, risk of spread to first responders and required treatment for first responders if exposed. Suggestions will be provided for accessing trained medical care for these children.