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Emergency department factsheets

Emergency department factsheets provide condition-specific health and medical information for people attending the emergency department.

They are designed to assist communication between emergency department clinicians and patients and/or carers.

Notes can be made on the factsheets by the clinician, patient and/or carer, to personalise the information.

Factsheets marked with a * have been translated into six languages (Arabic, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Turkish and Vietnamese).

All factsheets can be downloaded and printed directly from this website in PDF and Word formats for accessibility.

The emergency department factsheets were updated in December 2010.

Summary list of emergency department factsheets (453kb, pdf)

Factsheets

General

Abdominal pain*

Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (481kb, pdf)

Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (18kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (407kb, pdf)

Arabic: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (384kb, rtf)

Greek: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (430kb, pdf)

Greek: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (211kb, rtf)

Italian: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (351kb, pdf)

Italian: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (104kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (448kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (133kb, rtf)

Turkish: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (413kb, pdf)

Turkish: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (131kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (410kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Abdominal pain - Emergency department factsheet (329kb, rtf)

Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains - Emergency department factsheet (672kb, pdf)

Ankle sprains - Emergency department factsheet (15kb,rtf)

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders - Emergency department factsheet (484kb, pdf)

Anxiety disorders - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Asthma*

Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (546kb, pdf)

Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (453kb, pdf)

Arabic: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (282kb, rtf)

Greek: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (483kb, pdf)

Greek: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (186kb, rtf)

Italian: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (399kb, pdf)

Italian: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (107kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (513kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (131kb, rtf)

Turkish: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (491kb, pdf)

Turkish: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (133kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (461kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Asthma - Emergency department factsheet (353kb, rtf)

Bells' palsy

Bells' palsy - Emergency department factsheet (471kb, pdf)

Bells' palsy - Emergency department factsheet (11kb, rtf)

Bites and stings

Bites and stings - Emergency department factsheet (480kb, pdf)

Bites and stings - Emergency department factsheet (11kb, rtf)

Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes*

Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (488kb, pdf)

Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (19kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (411kb, pdf)

Arabic: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (362kb, rtf)

Greek: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (442kb, pdf)

Greek: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (208kb, rtf)

Italian: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (355kb, pdf)

Italian: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (105kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (462kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (144kb, rtf)

Turkish: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (434kb, pdf)

Turkish: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (141kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (415kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Care of open wounds, cuts and grazes - Emergency department factsheet (379kb, rtf)

Cellulitis

Cellulitis - Emergency department factsheet (499kb, pdf)

Cellulitis - Emergency department factsheet (17kb, rtf)

Chest infections

Chest infections - Emergency department factsheet (484kb, pdf)

Chest infections - Emergency department factsheet (18kb, rtf)

Chest pain*

Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (488kb, pdf)

Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (23kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (412kb, pdf)

Arabic: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (414kb, rtf)

Greek: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (443kb, pdf)

Greek: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (183kb, rtf)

Italian: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (351kb, pdf)

Italian: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (122kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (465kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (158kb, rtf)

Turkish: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (442kb, pdf)

Turkish: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (138kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (414kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Chest pain - Emergency department factsheet (347kb, rtf)

Colds and flu*

Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (482kb, pdf)

Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (15kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (406kb, pdf)

Arabic: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (322kb, rtf)

Greek: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (408kb, pdf)

Greek: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (152kb, rtf)

Italian: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (356kb, pdf)

Italian: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (93kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (446kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (119kb, rtf)

Turkish: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (427kb, pdf)

Turkish: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (121kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (417kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Colds and flu - Emergency department factsheet (282kb, rtf)

Constipation

Constipation - Emergency department factsheet (478kb, pdf)

Constipation - Emergency department factsheet (15kb, rtf)

Depression

Depression - Emergency department factsheet (485kb, pdf)

Depression - Emergency department factsheet (19kb, rtf)

Drug overdose

Drug overdose - Emergency department factsheet (485kb, pdf)

Drug overdose - Emergency department factsheet (18kb, rtf)

Earwax

Earwax - Emergency department factsheet (537kb, pdf)

Earwax - Emergency department factsheet (14kb, rtf)

Eye injury (Flash burns)

Eye injury (Flash burns) - Emergency department factsheet (523kb, pdf)

Eye injury (Flash burns) - Emergency department factsheet (17kb, rtf)

Eye injury (Foreign body)

Eye injury (Foreign body) - Emergency department factsheet (525kb, pdf)

Eye injury (Foreign body) - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Fainting and collapse

Fainting and collapse - Emergency department factsheet (482kb, pdf)

Fainting and collapse - Emergency department factsheet (18kb, rtf)

Fractures and plaster care

Fractures and plaster care - Emergency department factsheet (502kb, pdf)

Fractures and plaster care - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Gastritis

Gastritis - Emergency department factsheet (512kb, pdf)

Gastritis - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Gastroenteritis*

Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (482kb, pdf)

Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (19kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (404kb, pdf)

Arabic: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (385kb, rtf)

Greek: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (424kb, pdf)

Greek: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (160kb, rtf)

Italian: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (350kb, pdf)

Italian: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (103kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (439kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (134kb, rtf)

Turkish: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (433kb, pdf)

Turkish: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (121kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (409kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Gastroenteritis - Emergency department factsheet (317kb, rtf)

Hives

Hives - Emergency department factsheet (481kb, pdf)

Hives - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Kidney stones

Kidney stones - Emergency department factsheet (514kb, pdf)

Kidney stones - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Knee injuries

Knee injuries - Emergency department factsheet (595kb, pdf)

Knee injuries - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Lower back pain

Lower back pain - Emergency department factsheet (511kb, pdf)

Lower back pain - Emergency department factsheet (15kb, rtf)

Migraine*

Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (4815kb, pdf)

Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (17kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (399kb, pdf)

Arabic: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (282kb, rtf)

Greek: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (414kb, pdf)

Greek: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (164kb, rtf)

Italian: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (347kb, pdf)

Italian: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (98kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (445kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (126kb, rtf)

Turkish: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (420kb, pdf)

Turkish: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (117kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (415kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Migraine - Emergency department factsheet (283kb, rtf)

Minor head injury*

Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (627kb, pdf)

Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (47kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (443kb, pdf)

Arabic: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (276kb, rtf)

Greek: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (445kb, pdf)

Greek: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (165kb, rtf)

Italian: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (382kb, pdf)

Italian: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (101kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (471kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (126kb, rtf)

Turkish: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (454kb, pdf)

Turkish: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (114kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (441kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Minor head injury - Emergency department factsheet (276kb, rtf)

Nosebleeds (Epistaxis)

Nosebleeds (Epistaxis) - Emergency department factsheet (510kb, pdf)

Nosebleeds (Epistaxis) - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Otitis externa (Swimmer's ear)

Otitis externa (Swimmer's ear) - Emergency department factsheet (538kb, pdf)

Otitis externa (Swimmer's ear) - Emergency department factsheet (14kb, rtf)

Seizures

Seizures - Emergency department factsheet (483kb, pdf)

Seizures - Emergency department factsheet (17kb, rtf)

Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains)*

Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (503kb, pdf)

Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (14kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (421kb, pdf)

Arabic: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (197kb, rtf)

Greek: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (453kb, pdf)

Greek: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (129kb, rtf)

Italian: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (371kb, pdf)

Italian: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (86kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (477kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (98kb, rtf)

Turkish: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (451kb, pdf)

Turkish: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (94kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (436kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Soft tissue injuries (Sprains and strains) - Emergency department factsheet (231kb, rtf)

Tension headache

Tension headache - Emergency department factsheet (613kb, pdf)

Tension headache - Emergency department factsheet (14kb, rtf)

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis - Emergency department factsheet (483kb, pdf)

Tonsillitis - Emergency department factsheet (19kb, rtf)

Urinary tract infections*

Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (515kb, pdf)

Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (20kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (433kb, pdf)

Arabic: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (420kb, rtf)

Greek: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (439kb, pdf)

Greek: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (198kb, rtf)

Italian: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (380kb, pdf)

Italian: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (130kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (474kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (150kb, rtf)

Turkish: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (455kb, pdf)

Turkish: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (127kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (439kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Urinary tract infections - Emergency department factsheet (322kb, rtf)

Using crutches

Using crutches - Emergency department factsheet (511kb, pdf)

Using crutches - Emergency department factsheet (13kb, rtf)

Vertigo (BPPV)

Vertigo (BPPV) - Emergency department factsheet (532kb, pdf)

Vertigo (BPPV) - Emergency department factsheet (18kb, rtf)

When a loved one dies

When a loved one dies - Emergency department factsheet (382kb, pdf)

When a loved one dies - Emergency department factsheet (13kb, rtf)

Child

Abdominal pain in children

Abdominal pain in children - Emergency department factsheet (481kb, pdf)

Abdominal pain in children - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Accidental poisoning in children

Accidental poisoning in children - Emergency department factsheet (487kb, pdf)

Accidental poisoning in children - Emergency department factsheet (18kb, rtf)

Asthma in children

Asthma in children - Emergency department factsheet (560kb, pdf)

Asthma in children - Emergency department factsheet (21kb, rtf)

Breath holding in children

Breath holding in children - Emergency department factsheet (475kb, pdf)

Breath holding in children - Emergency department factsheet (17kb, rtf)

Bronchiolitis in children

Bronchiolitis in children - Emergency department factsheet (480kb, pdf)

Bronchiolitis in children - Emergency department factsheet (14kb, rtf)

Constipation in children

Constipation in children - Emergency department factsheet (485kb, pdf)

Constipation in children - Emergency department factsheet (17kb, rtf)

Croup

Croup - Emergency department factsheet (487kb, pdf)

Croup - Emergency department factsheet (17kb, rtf)

Crutches for children

Crutches for children - Emergency department factsheet (576kb, pdf)

Crutches for children - Emergency department factsheet (15kb, rtf)

Ear infection in children

Ear infection in children - Emergency department factsheet (542kb, pdf)

Ear infection in children - Emergency department factsheet (17kb, rtf)

Febrile convulsions in children

Febrile convulsions in children - Emergency department factsheet (507kb, pdf)

Febrile convulsions in children - Emergency department factsheet (16kb, rtf)

Fever in children*

Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (511kb, pdf)

Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (21kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (448kb, pdf)

Arabic: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (410kb, rtf)

Greek: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (467kb, pdf)

Greek: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (184kb, rtf)

Italian: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (380kb, pdf)

Italian: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (112kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (487kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (138kb, rtf)

Turkish: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (469kb, pdf)

Turkish: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (128kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (448kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Fever in children - Emergency department factsheet (301kb, rtf)

Gastroenteritis in children*

Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (488kb, pdf)

Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (19kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (404kb, pdf)

Arabic: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (322kb, rtf)

Greek: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (433kb, pdf)

Greek: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (172kb, rtf)

Italian: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (352kb, pdf)

Italian: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (112kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (442kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (141kb, rtf)

Turkish: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (443kb, pdf)

Turkish: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (129kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (409kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Gastroenteritis in children - Emergency department factsheet (289kb, rtf)

Nosebleeds in children

Nosebleeds in children - Emergency department factsheet (488kb, pdf)

Nosebleeds in children - Emergency department factsheet (20kb, rtf)

Viral illness in children*

Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (488kb, pdf)

Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (19kb, rtf)

This factsheet is also available in the following languages:

Arabic: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (407kb, pdf)

Arabic: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (362kb, rtf)

Greek: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (411kb, pdf)

Greek: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (186kb, rtf)

Italian: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (351kb, pdf)

Italian: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (114kb, rtf)

Mandarin: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (449kb, pdf)

Mandarin: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (139kb, rtf)

Turkish: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (430kb, pdf)

Turkish: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (139kb, rtf)

Vietnamese: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (411kb, pdf)

Vietnamese: Viral illness in children - Emergency department factsheet (310kb, rtf)

When your child is in pain

When your child is in pain - Emergency department factsheet (481kb, pdf)

When your child is in pain - Emergency department factsheet (17kb, rtf)

If you have any questions on the factsheets, please phone the Emergency Care Improvement and Innovation Clinical Network on (61 3) 9096 0578 or email edfactsheets@dhhs.vic.gov.au.