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Undetected button/coin cell battery ingestion in children

Summary

The national investigation

This investigation looks at the undetected ingestion of button/coin cell batteries in children. It follows a reference event where a child died following the unknown and undetected ingestion of a coin cell battery. 

Please note that this investigation has previously been known as 'Button battery ingestion' and 'Undetected button battery ingestion in children'.


Reference event

The national investigation focused on: 

  • Reviewing the current processes for the identification and treatment of button/coin cell battery ingestion in children under the age of five years, including the management of associated non-specific symptoms when ingestion is unknown.
  • Reviewing communication and information sharing between NHS 111, primary care services, out-of-hours, acute and ambulance services.
  • Reviewing how ambulance services assess and manage paediatric cases in relation to non-specific symptoms.

Investigation summary

The national investigation focused on: 

  • Reviewing the current processes for the identification and treatment of button/coin cell battery ingestion in children under the age of five years, including the management of associated non-specific symptoms when ingestion is unknown.
  • Reviewing communication and information sharing between NHS 111, primary care services, out-of-hours, acute and ambulance services.
  • Reviewing how ambulance services assess and manage paediatric cases in relation to non-specific symptoms.

Read the final report in Telugu