American Academy of Pediatrics unveils new guidelines for hospitalized adolescents

Adolescents between 11 and 20 years of age make up around 20 percent of pediatric hospital admissions in the U.S. and on top of that, 20 percent of children under 18 also are said to have a special healthcare need, which the American Academy of Pediatrics defines as “having or being at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions.”