Title Fast Facts for Pediatric Primary Care
Subtitle A Guide for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Author Kristine Ruggiero, Michael Ruggiero
ISBN 9780826151834
List price USD 35.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 344
Book size 127 x 203 mm
Publishing year 2021
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Uniquely written from the perspectives of a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician Assistant

This quick-access reference guide encompasses all key diagnostic and management essentials needed for safe and effective pediatric practice. By incorporating the most current literature and evidence-based practice, this guide explains how to best assess, diagnose, and treat common pediatric disorders in an ambulatory care setting. This practical, pocket-sized resource is presented in concise paragraphs, providing access to key information at a glance.

Chapters consistently include focused assessment and diagnosis of the most common clinical problems and treatment options. Key points, important developmental milestones, and illness prevention and management sections provide practitioners with important content to educate patients and families easily and thoroughly. Abundant tables and charts help to facilitate quick reference to key components of practice. Links to frequently updated clinical guidelines and important web resources ensure that practitioners can maintain access to the most current knowledge available.

Key Features
  • Provides speedy access to crucial information with concise paragraphs, chapter objectives, key points, and tables
  • Conveniently organized by most commonly seen diseases and disorders
  • Provides links to frequently updated clinical guidelines and web resources





Part I: Essentials of Pediatric Primary Care

Chapter 1. Assessment of a Pediatric Patient (Kristine M. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Key Points in Obtaining the History • Outline for Pediatric History and Physical Exam • References

Chapter 2. Pediatric Growth and Development (Kristine M. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Concepts of Growth and Development • Developmental Surveillance and Screening • Monitoring a Child’s Development • Sexual Development • References


Part II: Common Clinical Problems

Chapter 3. Abnormalities of the Ears, Eyes, Nose, and Throat (EENT) Commonly Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Michael S. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Ear Pain (Otalgia) • Eye • Eyelid Disorders • Eye Pain • Eye Swelling • Eye Trauma • Nose • Mouth • Throat (Oropharynx) • References

Chapter 4. Abnormalities of the Respiratory System Commonly Seen in Pediatric Primary Care
(Michael S. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Cough • Dyspnea/Shortness of Breath • Foreign Body Aspirahon • References

Chapter 5. Cardiac Abnormalities Commonly Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Allea Scifo and M. T. Parsons) • Introduction • Objectives • Abnormal Heart Sounds/Heart Murmurs • Acute Rheumatic Fever • Cardiomyopathies • Chest Pain • Childhood Obesity • Dyslipidemia • Dyspnea • Hypertension • Kawasaki Disease • Palpitations • Syncope • References

Chapter 6. Common Gastroenterologic Conditions Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Kristine M. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Abdominal Pain • Constipation • Diarrhea • Dysphagia • Emesis • Inflammatory 8owel Disease • References

Chapter 7. Common Neurologic Complaints Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Michael S. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Headache • Primary Headaches • Secondary Headaches • Head Trauma • References

Chapter 8. Common Musculoskeletal Complaints Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Michael S. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Approach to Traumatic Mustuloskeletal Complaints • Common Pediatric Musculoskeletol Condtions • Musculoskektal Complaints Related to Autoimmune Disorders and Infection • References

Chapter 9. Dermatologic Abnormalities Commonly Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Kristine M. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Assesment of a Child With a Dermatotogic Condition • Bullous Lesion • Burn • Plaques • Pruritis • Rash • Skin Abscess, Folliculitis. and Cellulitis • References

Chapter 10. Common Pediatric Renal/Urologic Disorders Seen In Pediatric Primary Care (Michael S. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Dysuria • Hematuria • Penile Pain • Scrotal and Penile Pain • Urethral and Vaginal, Discharge • References

Chapter 11. Common Neonatal Conditions Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Meredith Scannel) • Introduction • Objectives • Approach to the Normal Newborn • Meconium Aspiration • Newborn Dermatological Assessments • Newborn Head and Face Abnormatities • Newborn Musculoskeletal Abnormalities • Newborn Neurological Abnormalities • References

Chapter 12. Infectious Diseases Commonly Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Josh Merson and Kristine M. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Fever Guidelines • Fever in Infants Less Than 3 Months • Fever in Children 3 Months to 3 Years • Fever in Children Older Than 3 Years • Fever of Unknown Origin/Fever Without a Focus • References

Chapter 13. Endocrine Abnormalities Commonly Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Casey Sweeney and
Kristine M. Ruggiero
) • Introduction • Objectives • Constitutional Delay of Growth • Cushing Syndrome • Growth Hormone Deficiency • Primary Adrenal Insufficiency (Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Addison Disease) • Weight Gain • Weight Loss • References

Chapter 14. Common Allergies and Immunodeficiencies Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Laura Cline) • Introduction • Objectives • Allergy • Immunology • References

Chapter 15. Disorders In Hematology and Oncology Commonly Seen in Pediatric Primary Care
(Kristine M. Ruggiero) • Introduction • Objectives • Anemia • Oncologic Causes of Fatigue • References

Chapter 16. Common Behavioral/Mental Health Complaints in Pediatric Primary Care (Kristine M. Ruggiero,
Rebecca Sarvendram, and Elizabeth Maloney
) • Introduction • Objectives • Anxiety • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder • Child Maltreatment • Low Mood/Depression • Summary • References

Chapter 17. Common Genetic Disorders Seen in Pediatric Primary Care (Leah Hecht and Sharon Lincoln) • Introduction • Objectives • Chromosome Abnormalities • Developmental Delays/Intellectual Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder • Hereditary Cancer Syndromes • Hypermobility • Multiple Congenital Anomalies • Newborn Screening • Short and Tall Stature • Resources and Important Considerations • References


Part III: Point-of-Care Testing

Chapter 18. Point-of-CareTesting In Pediatric Primary Care (Kristine M. Ruggiero) • Introduction


About the Authors:

Kristine Ruggiero PhD, MSN, RN, CPNP, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Scientist, Nursing Professor

Dr. Kristine Ruggiero’s career in nursing began when she graduated from Yale University as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Primary Care Track, with a special concentration in Pediatric Chronic Illness Management. After her son was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (CHD), Dr. Ruggiero obtained her doctorate and focused her research on the care coordination of children with chronic illness, specifically the care of children with heart defects. Her research validated that understanding a parent’s perceptions of their child’s health status is important as parents drive healthcare utilization in the pediatric setting.

Dr. Ruggiero has extensive clinical experience as both a pediatric nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner in various inpatient and outpatient acute care and primary care settings. Currently Dr. Ruggiero practices clinically at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Ruggiero is also actively involved in research and presents her research nationally and internationally. She is a Nurse Scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Ruggiero has also held academic appointments for the last fifteen years and serves currently as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions teaching in both the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Accelerated BSN programs.


Michael Ruggiero MHS, PA-C, Physician Assistant, Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Michael Ruggiero graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Master’s degree in Health Science and Physician Assistant Studies. Studying sports medicine and athletic training in his undergraduate studies, Michael built on his interest in orthopedics by starting out his career as a PA in Orthopedic Surgery.

Since then, Michael has practiced for the last 17 years in the fields of Orthopedic medicine, Pediatric and Adult Urgent Care and Physician Assistant education.

Michael has been an Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of New England, and at MGH Institute of Health Professions, where he currently teaches. In addition to teaching, Michael has held many leadership roles in PA education including the Director of Clinical Education, and Remediation Coordinator working with at-risk PA students. Michael’s leadership at the Institute has been recognized as a three-time Partners in Excellence (PIE) award winner, honoring him for outstanding work in the areas of leadership and innovation in PA Education.

Target Audience:

The book is for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. This book was written for the busy clinician working in pediatric primary care, family medicine, and urgent care.


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