Economic stress raises risk for uptick in child-abuse cases

03/12/2009 | Nurse.com

Nurses in Miami are on the lookout for an uptick in child-abuse cases as parents become more stressed over the economy. Rita Doval, nurse liaison for the University of Miami Child Protection Team, says they are seeing more children with severe head trauma and multiple fractures, along with injuries caused during fights between parents. Nurses should keep an open mind but pay close attention to information provided in the family history as they evaluate patients, experts say.

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