Treatment Guidelines

PNG Standard Treatment for Common Illnesses in Children
The PNG Standard Treatment manual for common illnesses in children has been continuously in print since 1975, and is now in its 10th Edition.  It is one of the longest running clinical guidelines in the world. Members of the Paediatric Society revise and update the manual every 5 years, drawing on international and local evidence and experience.
PNG Standard Treatment Book for Children 10th Edition 2016

WHO Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children
The Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children is a clinical guideline used in provincial and district hospital for hospital management of serious illness.  The second edition was published in 2013.  There is a 4-day training course that teaches staff how to use the guidelines in clinical practice.  The Paediatric Society is active in training health workers in many provinces.  Training is linked to other measures to improve quality of care.
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Paediatrics for Doctors in PNG
Paediatrics for Doctors in PNG was originally written in the 1980s by Frank Shann and Professor John Biddulph. The book was revised in 2000 by John Vince and Frank Shann. It contains guidance on practical procedures and the treatment of many common conditions.
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Oxygen therapy guidelines
WHO Oxygen therapy for children 2016

Child Health Record Book

Every new baby in PNG should have a Child Health Record Book (Baby Book) for recording vaccines, weight, any illnesses and how they are treated.  This is a very important book, and should be kept in a safe place and brought to the clinic at every visit.  The Baby Book also contains information for parents on feeding, what signs of illness to look out for, and family planning

Baby Book Boys

Baby Book_Girls

Severe malnutrition – guidelines and tools for management
In this section there are tools to guide management of children with severe malnutrition.  The case fatality rate for severe malnutrition in PNG hospitals is 18-20%, but this can be reduced.  The following tools will help have a more systematic approach to management:  
Guideline on the management of severe malnutrition
Wall poster describing the steps for management of severe malnutrition

Management of severe malnutrition wall poster

F75 and F100 Milk feeding chart 

Inpatient Weight Chart

Severe Malnutrition monthly recording form


Paediatric Cancer Protocols

Click here for more details of the PNG paediatric cancer protocols, developed by Dr Gwenda Anga.