An overview of the nursing issues involved in caring for a child with adrenal insufficiency.

Nursing children and young people

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Moloney S, Murphy N, Collin J. An overview of the nursing issues involved in caring for a child with adrenal insufficiency. Nurs Child Young People. 2015;27(7):28-36.
Adrenal insufficiency is an endocrine condition defined as the inadequate production or action of glucocorticoids, principally a steroid hormone called cortisol. While rare in childhood, it carries the risk of adrenal crisis in the event of a child becoming unwell as a result of intercurrent illness, injury or surgery. Children's nurses must be vigilant in caring for a child with adrenal insufficiency and have a clear understanding and awareness of the principles of emergency management at home and in hospital.