Daniel, an eleven-year-old boy was admitted to the accident and emergency (A&E) unit of a northwest children’s hospital after slipping and falling from a high wall near his home. According to the Prevention of childhood injury publication by the Department of Health (2002), it confirms that childhood falls are a major cause for both hospital admissions and A&E attendance. Daniel lived in an inner-city suburb in council housing with his mother. Research suggests that injuries disproportionately affected children living in the most deprived environments (DoH 2002). Meaning that children living in local authority (council) housing usually have significantly poorer health than those who do not (DoH 2007).
His mother, who is his main carer, accompanied him by ambulance to the A&E department. Upon arrival, medical and nursing staff met them, and immediately Daniel was diagnosed with a lower leg fracture. Lippincott (2005) describes a fracture as a break in the ‘continuity’ of bone. He was taken to the radiography department for an x-ray of his right lower leg in order determine which bones were broken and the extent of damage as this would determine whether or not he would need surgery. Upon viewing his