Evaluation of a novel pediatric appendicitis pathway using high- and low-risk scoring systems.

@article{Fleischman2013EvaluationOA,
  title={Evaluation of a novel pediatric appendicitis pathway using high- and low-risk scoring systems.},
  author={Ross J Fleischman and Miranda K Devine and Marie-Annick N Yagapen and Angela J Steichen and Matthew Hansen and Andrew F Zigman and David M. Spiro},
  journal={Pediatric emergency care},
  year={2013},
  volume={29 10},
  pages={1060-5}
}
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to determine the test characteristics of a pathway for pediatric appendicitis and its effects on emergency department (ED) length of stay, imaging, and admissions. METHODS Children age 3 to 18 years with suspicion for appendicitis at 1 tertiary care ED were prospectively enrolled, using validated low- and high-risk scoring systems incorporating history, physical examination, and white blood cell count. Low-risk patients were discharged or observed in the ED. High… CONTINUE READING
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