An evidenced-based clinical pathway for acute appendicitis decreases hospital duration and cost.

@article{Warner1998AnEC,
  title={An evidenced-based clinical pathway for acute appendicitis decreases hospital duration and cost.},
  author={Brad W. Warner and Roy M Kulick and Marilyn M Stoops and S. Mehta and Monica Stephan and Uma R. Kotagal},
  journal={Journal of pediatric surgery},
  year={1998},
  volume={33 9},
  pages={1371-5}
}
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE In the pediatric population, appendicitis remains the most common surgical emergency encountered. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of an evidence-based clinical pathway for acute appendicitis on patient care as well as hospital and home care costs at the authors' pediatric institution. METHODS A prospective evaluation was conducted of an appendicitis clinical pathway (June 1996 through November 1996) compared with historical control patients (June 1994… CONTINUE READING

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