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The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a quick reference of current evidence based practices and society guidelines for practitioners caring for children within the Mercy system. These guidelines do not set a standard of care to be followed in every patient case since each is unique and all possible situations cannot be accounted for in guidelines. Those involved in the care of the patient should always use their judgement and experience, in addition to evidence based practices, to determine the best care for the patient at the time. It is expected that some deviations from guidelines will occur based on the circumstances surrounding unique patient situations.