Development and validation of a prediction model for diagnosing blood stream infections in febrile, non-neutropenic children with cancer.

BACKGROUND Pediatric oncology patients are at increased risk for blood stream infections (BSI). Risk in the absence of severe neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count [ANC] ≥500/µl) is not well defined. PROCEDURE In a retrospective cohort of febrile (temperature ≥38.0° for >1 hr or ≥38.3°) pediatric oncology patients with ANC ≥500/µl, a diagnostic… CONTINUE READING