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Derek B Wall, Carlos Ortega
BACKGROUND: Even in metropolitan areas, on-call pediatric surgeons may not always be immediately available for surgical care of appendicitis, potentially leading to delays in care. In 2012, the in-house trauma group at a suburban Level 1 trauma center (none with formal pediatric fellowship training) assumed surgical care of 5-10 year-old children with appendicitis, who had previously been cared for by pediatric surgeons. We propose to compare the outcomes of the trauma and pediatric surgery groups...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Mihir Sarkar, Rajasree Sinha, Satyabrata Roychowdhoury, Sobhanman Mukhopadhyay, Pramit Ghosh, Kalpana Dutta, Shibarjun Ghosh
Background: Early initiation of appropriate noninvasive respiratory support is utmost important intervention to avoid mechanical ventilation in severe bronchiolitis. Aim: This study aims to compare noninvasive continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) and hot humidified high-flow nasal cannulae (HHHFNC) as modes of respiratory support in infants with severe bronchiolitis. Methods: Prospective, randomized, open-label pilot study done in a tertiary-care hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Charlotte L Kvasnovsky, Kimberly Lumpkins, Jose J Diaz, Jeannie Y Chun
BACKGROUND: The American College of Surgeons has developed a verification program for children's surgery centers. Highly specialized hospitals may be verified as Level I, while those with fewer dedicated resources as Level II or Level III, respectively. We hypothesized that more specialized children's centers would utilize more resources. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a retrospective study of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) database from 2009 to 2013...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Daniele Donà, Silvia Zingarella, Andrea Gastaldi, Rebecca Lundin, Giorgio Perilongo, Anna Chiara Frigo, Rana F Hamdy, Theoklis Zaoutis, Liviana Da Dalt, Carlo Giaquinto
BACKGROUND: Italian pediatric antimicrobial prescription rates are among the highest in Europe. As a first step in an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, we implemented a Clinical Pathway (CP) for Community Acquired Pneumonia with the aim of decreasing overall prescription of antibiotics, especially broad-spectrum. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The CP was implemented on 10/01/2015. We collected antibiotic prescribing and outcomes data from children aged 3 months-15 years diagnosed with CAP from 10/15/2014 to 04/15/2015 (pre-intervention period) and from 10/15/2015 to 04/15/2016 (post-intervention period)...
2018: PloS One
David C Sheridan, Matthew L Hansen, Amber L Lin, Rongwei Fu, Garth D Meckler
BACKGROUND: Migraine headaches are a common reason for pediatric emergency department (ED) visits. Small studies suggest the potential efficacy of sub-anesthetic doses of propofol for migraine with a favorable side effect profile and potentially decreased length of stay (LOS). OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy of low-dose propofol (LDP) to standard therapy (ST) in pediatric migraine treatment. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, pragmatic randomized controlled trial from April 2014 through June 2016 in the ED at two pediatric hospitals...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Joanna Thomson, Heidi Sucharew, Andrea T Cruz, Lise E Nigrovic, Stephen B Freedman, Aris C Garro, Fran Balamuth, Rakesh D Mistry, Joseph L Arms, Paul T Ishimine, Dina M Kulik, Mark I Neuman, Samir S Shah
OBJECTIVES: To determine age-specific reference values and quantify age-related changes for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) white blood cell (WBC) counts and protein and glucose concentrations in infants ≤60 days of age. METHODS: This multicenter, cross-sectional study included infants ≤60 days old with CSF cultures and complete CSF profiles obtained within 24 hours of presentation. Those with conditions suspected or known to cause abnormal CSF parameters (eg, meningitis) and those with a hospital length of stay of >72 hours were excluded...
February 2, 2018: Pediatrics
Julia C Slovis, Nachi Gupta, Natasha Y Li, Steven G Kernie, Darryl K Miles
OBJECTIVES: We analyzed a prospective database of pediatric traumatic brain injury patients to identify predictors of outcome and describe the change in function over time. We hypothesized that neurologic status at hospital discharge would not reflect the long-term neurologic recovery state. DESIGN: This is a descriptive cohort analysis of a single-center prospective database of pediatric traumatic brain injury patients from 2001 to 2012. Functional outcome was assessed at hospital discharge, and the Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended Pediatrics or Glasgow Outcome Scale was assessed on average at 15...
February 6, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
K O Rove, M A Brockel, A F Saltzman, M I Dönmez, K E Brodie, D J Chalmers, B T Caldwell, V M Vemulakonda, D T Wilcox
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol is a set of peri-operative strategies to increase speed of recovery. ERAS is well established in adults but has not been well studied in children. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the current study was to establish the safety and efficacy of an ERAS protocol in pediatric urology patients undergoing reconstructive operations. It was hypothesized that ERAS would reduce length of stay and decrease complications when compared with historical controls...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Morgan Schellenberg, Aaron Strumwasser, Daniel Grabo, Damon Clark, Kazuhide Matsushima, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
Shock Index (SI = heart rate/systolic blood pressure) predicts outcomes among trauma patients. Studies have also shown that the change in SI between the field and Emergency Department (ED) arrival (Delta SI) predicts mortality in trauma. Given the lack of reliable prehospital data, Delta SI may more accurately prognosticate if used within the ED. All trauma patients arriving to our Level I trauma center in 2014 were reviewed. Patients were matched for age, gender, mechanism of injury, and injury severity score...
October 1, 2017: American Surgeon
A Binet, K Braïk, F Lengelle, M Laffon, H Lardy, S Amar
BACKGROUND: Appendectomy is a well-established surgical procedure in pediatric surgery used in the management of acute appendicitis. With the continuous advancement in the field of minimal invasive surgery, the recent focus is on single incision laparoscopic (SIL) surgery. SILA also goes further in order to decrease pain, improve recovery and enhance patient satisfaction. However, this approach is still not a well-established technique and not widely practiced, especially in pediatric surgery...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
David P Johnson, Donald H Arnold, James C Gay, Alison Grisso, Michael G O'Connor, Ellen O'Kelley, Paul E Moore
BACKGROUND: Standardized pediatric asthma care has been shown to improve measures in specific hospital areas, but to our knowledge, the implementation of an asthma clinical practice guideline (CPG) has not been demonstrated to be associated with improved hospital-wide outcomes. We sought to implement and refine a pediatric asthma CPG to improve outcomes and throughput for the emergency department (ED), inpatient care, and the ICU. METHODS: An urban, quaternary-care children's hospital developed and implemented an evidence-based, pediatric asthma CPG to standardize care from ED arrival through discharge for all primary diagnosis asthma encounters for patients ≥2 years old without a complex chronic condition...
January 24, 2018: Pediatrics
Youwei Li, Qunfeng Lu, Hua Du, Jianping Zhang, Lingling Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To identify the need to revise the program triage nurse-ordered diagnostic tests in the emergency department (ED) of pediatric hospital, and to evaluate implementation of this program with three laboratory routine tests, namely blood, urine and stool, which the triage nurses ordered as relevant to pediatric patients' symptoms. METHODS: The authors retrospectively reviewed the data of patients who registered in their ED between December 2015 and April 2016, including the tests as per the orders by triage nurses, and the time they arrived and the time they had their final payments...
January 24, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Shahab Hajibandeh, Shahin Hajibandeh, Adam Kelly, Jigar Shah, Rao Muhammad Asaf Khan, Nilanjan Panda, Moustafa Mansour, Sohail Malik, Sanjay Dalmia
OBJECTIVES: To investigate outcomes of peritoneal irrigation versus suction without irrigation in patients undergoing emergency laparoscopic appendectomy. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and conducted a search of electronic information sources to identify all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies investigating outcomes of irrigation versus suction alone in patients undergoing emergency laparoscopic appendectomy. We used the Cochrane risk of bias tool and the Newcastle-Ottawa scale to assess the risk of bias of RCTs and observational studies, respectively...
January 1, 2018: Surgical Innovation
Gileh-Gol Akhtar-Danesh, Aristithes G Doumouras, Cecily Bos, Helene Flageole, Dennis Hong
Importance: The prevalence of pediatric cholelithiasis is increasing with the epidemic of childhood obesity. With this rise, the outcomes and costs of pediatric laparoscopic cholecystectomy become an important public health and economic concern. Objective: To assess patient and health system factors associated with the outcomes and costs after laparoscopic cholecystectomy among Canadian children. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a retrospective, population-based study of children 17 years and younger undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy from April 1, 2008, until March 31, 2015...
January 17, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Christopher J Russell, Mary R Mamey, Joyce Y Koh, Sheree M Schrager, Michael N Neely, Susan Wu
OBJECTIVES: To identify factors associated with longer length of stay (LOS) and higher 30-day hospital revisit rates for children hospitalized with bacterial tracheostomy-associated respiratory tract infections (bTARTIs). METHODS: This was a multicenter, retrospective cohort study using administrative data from the Pediatric Health Information System database between 2007 and 2014 of patients 30 days to 17 years old with a principal discharge diagnosis of bTARTI or a principal discharge diagnosis of bTARTI symptoms with a secondary diagnosis of bTARTI...
January 16, 2018: Hospital Pediatrics
Yolanda Ballestero, Jimena De Pedro, Nancy Portillo, Otilia Martinez-Mugica, Eunate Arana-Arri, Javier Benito
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) oxygen therapy and safety in children with asthma and moderate respiratory failure in the emergency department (ED). STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective randomized pilot trial of children (aged 1-14 years) presenting to a tertiary academic pediatric ED with moderate-to-severe asthma exacerbations between September 2012 and December 2015. Patients with a pulmonary score (PS) ≥6 or oxygen saturation <94% with a face mask despite initial treatment (salbutamol/ipratropium bromide and corticosteroids) were randomized to HFNC or to conventional oxygen therapy...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Maggie M Hodges, Clay Cothren Burlew, Shannon N Acker, Ernest E Moore, Genie E Roosevelt, Anna Schubert, Lauren R S Hill, David A Partrick, Denis Bensard
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis is the most common emergent surgical procedure performed among children in the US, with an incidence exceeding 80,000 cases per year. Appendectomies are often performed by both pediatric surgeons and adult general/trauma acute care surgeons (TACS surgeons). We hypothesized that children undergoing appendectomy for acute appendicitis have equivalent outcomes whether a pediatric surgeon or a TACS surgeon performs the operation. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed for patients 6-18 years of age, who underwent appendectomy at either a regional children's hospital (CHCO, n=241) or an urban safety net hospital (n=347) between July 2010 and June 2015...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Metin Uysalol, Fatih Haşlak, Zeynep Güneş Özünal, Hayriye Vehid, Nedret Uzel
Uysalol M, Haşlak F, Özünal ZG, Vehid H, Uzel N. Rational drug use for acute bronchiolitis in emergency care. Turk J Pediatr 2017; 59: 155-161. Despite the large variety of inhaled treatment options of acute bronchiolitis, there is no generally agreed treatment regime. This study aimed to determine the most appropriate treatment option. This was a double-blind randomized prospective clinical trial and has been performed in emergency department. The mean age of the 378 infants included in the study was 7...
2017: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
Amber Hyatt, Kristen Carlin, Kimberly Stone
PURPOSE: This study examines the use of phone referral information to predict Emergency Severity Index triage levels as a proxy to anticipate emergency department nursing resource allocation in a pediatric hospital. It also assesses the relationship between these pre-arrival triage levels and hospital admission. DESIGN AND METHODS: Emergency nurses with specialized training used standardized phone referral information to assign triage levels to 481 patients before their arrival...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
M Taveira, N Yousef, J Miatello, C Roy, C Claude, B Boutillier, C Dubois, A-F Pierre, P Tissières, P Durand
BACKGROUND: Lung ultrasound (LU) is a bedside point-of-care technique in critical care and emergency medicine. LU is quick and non-irradiating, and provides accurate diagnostic information when compared with chest radiographs. Specific LU signs have been described for bronchiolitis. This study aimed to evaluate the correlation between severity of LU-diagnosed lung lesions, using a quantitative LU score, and the length of non-invasive ventilation (LOV) for infants diagnosed with severe viral bronchiolitis...
December 13, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
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