When and where to refer patients for pediatric surgical specialty care is the topic of updated guidance for general pediatricians. The Referral to Pediatric Surgical Specialists policy statement includes optimal advice while acknowledging limited access to care may hinder implementation. The policy is authored by the Surgical Advisory Panel with input from 11 AAP sections.

The document outlines specific circumstances for referral to a congenital heart surgeon, pediatric dentist, pediatric neurological surgeon, pediatric ophthalmology specialist, pediatric orthopedic surgery specialist, pediatric surgeon, pediatric urologist, and referral for endoscopy.

It also notes:

Access the report at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/doi/10.1542/peds.2013-3820.

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