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Pediatric readmission

Ashlee Bolger, Andrew Collins, Michelle Michels, David Pruitt
BACKGROUND: Conversion disorder (CD) can lead to impaired functioning. Few studies present demographic and outcome data for pediatric patients. Many have had success with rehabilitation, however further details are not known. OBJECTIVE: To identify characteristics and outcomes of children admitted to a pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program with CD symptoms DESIGN: Retrospective Study SETTING: Inpatient rehabilitation unit within a large children's hospital PATIENTS: All patients with diagnosis of CD or functional gait disorder (FGD) during designated time period...
March 14, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Alexis Leonard, Nihal Godiwala, Nicole Herrera, Robert McCarter, Matthew Sharron, Emily Riehm Meier
Acute chest syndrome (ACS) is a leading cause of mortality in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). Systemic corticosteroids decrease ACS severity, but the risk of readmission for vaso-occlusive crises (VOC) has limited their use. The efficacy of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) as a safer alternative is currently unknown. An observational, historic cohort study compared patients with SCD with ACS who received ICS at admission (ICS) to those who did not (non-ICS). Outcome measures included rates of transfusion, oxygen requirement, BiPAP initiation, PICU transfer, intubation, readmission, hospital cost, and length of stay...
March 7, 2018: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
Yusuke Okubo, Nobuaki Michihata, Naho Morisaki, Kazuhiro Uda, Isao Miyairi, Yuichi Ogawa, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Hideo Yasunaga
BACKGROUND: Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a major pathogen causing community-acquired pneumonia/bronchitis in children, and macrolide-resistant strains are increasing in East Asian countries. Recent practice patterns, especially for antibiotic selection, and benefits of corticosteroid treatment in pediatric Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections remain unclear. METHODS: Using the Japanese Diagnosis Procedure Combination inpatient database, we analyzed recent trends in antibiotic selection and corticosteroid use for pediatric Mycoplasma pneumoniae-related respiratory infections, using multivariable mixed effects logistic regressions...
March 2018: Respiratory Investigation
K Farrell, R Fernandez, Y Salamonson, R Griffiths, D J Holmes-Walker
AIMS: To identify a) determinants of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) at 18 and 30 months following transition in young people with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) to a youth-specific diabetes service; and to b) evaluate the impact of the service on acute admissions with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) over a 14-year period. METHODS: An audit of records of youth with T1DM referred from paediatric services to the multidisciplinary transition service at Westmead Hospital, from 2001-2012, and followed-up to 2014...
March 10, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Ruiyang Jiang, Steven Wolf, Muhammad H Alkazemi, Gina-Maria Pomann, J Todd Purves, John S Wiener, Jonathan C Routh
INTRODUCTION: The surgical comorbidity assessment is important for patient risk stratification, counseling, and research. In adults, risk assessment indices, such as the Charlson Co-morbidity Score (CCS) or Van Walraven Index (VWI), are well established. In pediatrics, however, risk assessment indices are scarce. Recently, a pediatric-specific risk assessment index, the Rhee index, was developed to discriminate mortality for pediatric general surgery patients. Currently, there is no validated risk assessment tool in pediatric urology...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Jessica L Markham, Matt Hall, James C Gay, Jessica L Bettenhausen, Jay G Berry
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Readmissions burden the health care system. Despite increasing attention to readmission rates, little is known about the duration and cost of readmissions. The objective of this study was to assess, nationally, the length of stay (LOS) and costs for 30-day readmissions in children. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 30-day readmissions by using the 2013 Nationwide Readmissions Database. We used generalized linear mixed effects models adjusted for important clinical and demographic factors to assess LOS and cost for index admissions, readmissions, and the episode of care (index admission plus readmission)...
March 9, 2018: Pediatrics
Eric B Jelin, Elizabeth M O'Hare, Tim Jancelewicz, Isam Nasr, Emily Boss, Daniel S Rhee
PURPOSE: We sought to determine optimal timing for CPAM resection within the first year of life. METHODS: We queried the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program pediatric database from 2012 to 2015 for elective CPAM resections on patients less than 1year of age. Patients were divided by age in months: 1-3 (n=57), 4-6 (n=135), and 6-12 (n=214). Patient operative variables and 30-day postoperative outcomes were compared. RESULTS: A total of 406 patients were included with no differences in demographics or comorbidities...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Louis Ehwerhemuepha, Donald Bendig, Caroline Steele, Cyril Rakovski, William Feaster
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is known to be associated with higher morbidity and a risk factor of readmissions in the adult population. In this study, we explore the effect of malnutrition in pediatrics because it may differ from the adult population. METHODS: Data for all inpatient encounters at a tertiary children's hospital within a 2-year period corresponding to 19 702 visits were obtained. The data included demographics, socioeconomic status, registered dietitian diagnosis of malnutrition, and variables of the LACE readmission model...
March 6, 2018: Hospital Pediatrics
Kristin Gee, Sandra Ngo, Lorrie Burkhalter, Alana L Beres
BACKGROUND: Appendicitis is the most common gastrointestinal pediatric surgical emergency. With the introduction of laparoscopic techniques in the 1990s, recovery, pain, and hospital stay after laparoscopic procedures have been significantly reduced. While many laparoscopic procedures are performed as outpatient surgeries, pediatric appendectomy patients continue to be hospitalized for postoperative observation. Our goal was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of same day discharge after laparoscopic appendectomy for uncomplicated appendicitis...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Alisha R Fernandes, Tessa Elliott, Carter McInnis, Bethany Easterbrook, J Mark Walton
PURPOSE: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) enables enteral nutrition for patients with inadequate oral intake. Laparoscopic guidance of PEG insertion is used for high-risk populations, including in infants less than 5kg at insertion. This study aimed to assess complication rates with traditional PEG tube insertion in infants less than 5kg at a single tertiary care center. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients less than 5kg who underwent PEG insertion was conducted...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Joshua D Roth, Jessica T Casey, Benjamin M Whittam, William E Bennett, Konrad M Szymanski, Mark P Cain, Richard C Rink
OBJECTIVES: To analyze nationwide information on the timing of surgical procedures, cost of surgery, hospital length of stay following surgery and surgical complications of female genital restoration surgery (FGRS) in females with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). METHODS: We used the Pediatric Health Information System database to identify patients with CAH who underwent their initial FGRS in 2004-2014. These patients were identified by an ICD-9 diagnosis code for adrenogenital disorders (255...
March 2, 2018: Urology
A J Rensing, B M Whittam, K H Chan, M P Cain, A E Carroll, W E Bennett
INTRODUCTION: Surgeons frequently use surgical antibiotic prophylaxis (SAP), despite limited evidence to support its efficacy. Potential adverse events associated with antibiotic use include allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis), Clostridium difficile infection, and selecting for resistant bacteria. Surgical site infections (SSI) are very rare in patients undergoing clean pediatric urologic procedures. Current guidelines are unclear about the efficacy of surgical antibiotic prophylaxis for prevention of SSI in the pediatric population...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Romaine F Johnson, Andrew Chang, Ron B Mitchell
OBJECTIVES: 1) Investigate incidence and predictors of readmissions after tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy (T&A) in children. 2) Identify factors that may predict readmission. SETTINGS: Nationwide cross-sectional survey of US hospital admissions. SUBJECTS: and Methods: The 2013 Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD) was used to examine all-cause readmissions within 30 days of T&A in children (age <18 years). Logistic regression was used to analyze the associations of demographics, diagnosis, insurance status, length of index stay, and median household income with readmission...
April 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Andrea C Wickremasinghe, Michael W Kuzniewicz, Charles E McCulloch, Thomas B Newman
Importance: Treatment of jaundiced newborns with subthreshold phototherapy (phototherapy given to newborns with bilirubin levels below those recommended in American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP] guidelines) is common. However, the use of subthreshold phototherapy may have risks and increase costs, and, to date, it has not been systematically studied in newborns. Objectives: To estimate the efficacy of subthreshold phototherapy for newborns with total serum bilirubin (TSB) levels from 0...
February 26, 2018: JAMA Pediatrics
Eric W Christensen, Alicen Burns Spaulding, William F Pomputius, Steven P Grapentine
Background: Hospital practice patterns vary for switching from intravenous to oral antibiotics for community-acquired pneumonia in pediatric patients, but it is unknown how these practice patterns affect hospital lengths of stay and costs. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study of 78673 pediatric patients (aged 3 months to 17 years) hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia. Analyses were performed with data from the Pediatric Health Information System between 2007 and 2016, including discharge data from 48 freestanding children's hospitals...
February 8, 2018: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Jennifer K Workman, Jacob Wilkes, Angela P Presson, Yizhe Xu, John A Heflin, John T Smith
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the variation in care and cost of spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), and to identify opportunities for improving healthcare value. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study from the Pediatric Health Information Systems database, including children 11-18 years of age with AIS who underwent spinal fusion surgery between 2004 and 2015. Multivariable regression was used to evaluate the relationships between hospital cost, patient outcomes, and resource use...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Julie Jaffray, Madhvi Rajpurkar, Anjali Sharathkumar, Kavita Patel, James Munn, Dunlei Cheng, Ellen McCarthy, Maria DeSancho
INTRODUCTION: Medication errors frequently occur during transition from the inpatient to outpatient setting. Anticoagulants are associated with serious medical errors, including major bleeding. Standardized transition of care (TOC) techniques in patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) have not been developed. METHODS: This ongoing project conducted by the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN) aims to improve TOC for newly diagnosed VTE patients on anticoagulation from the inpatient to outpatient setting, and identify characteristics of patients on direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and their TOC...
February 1, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Jeffrey Cheng, Beiyu Liu, Alfredo E Farjat
Objective To identify predictors of adverse events and highlight areas for quality improvement for children who underwent laryngeal or tracheal dilation, without prior tracheostomy placement. Study Design Cross-sectional analysis using a US national database. Setting American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP-pediatric), years 2012 to 2015. Subjects and Methods Patients 18 years and younger were included. Patients without prior tracheostomy placement were identified using 2017 Current Procedural Terminology ( CPT) codes: 31528, 31529, and 31630...
January 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Maria Escolino, Francois Becmeur, Amulya Saxena, Holger Till, George W Holcomb, Ciro Esposito
BACKGROUND: There is a limited and conflicting evidence about the most appropriate method for appendiceal stump closure during laparoscopic appendectomy (LA). We aimed to compare endoloop (EL) versus endostapler (ES) for stump closure during LA for complicated perforated appendicitis in children. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 708 patients (463 boys and 245 girls with an average age of 9.8 years) who underwent LA for complicated appendicitis in 5 international centers of Pediatric Surgery over a 5-years period (January 2011-December 2016)...
February 5, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
Kavita Parikh, Matt Hall, Chén C Kenyon, Ronald J Teufel, Grant M Mussman, Amanda Montalbano, Jessica Gold, James W Antoon, Anupama Subramony, Vineeta Mittal, Rustin B Morse, Karen M Wilson, Samir S Shah
OBJECTIVES: To describe hospital-based asthma-specific discharge components at children's hospitals and determine the association of these discharge components with pediatric asthma readmission rates. STUDY DESIGN: This is a multicenter retrospective cohort study of pediatric asthma hospitalizations in 2015 at children's hospitals participating in the Pediatric Health Information System. Children ages 5 to 17 years were included. An electronic survey assessing 13 asthma-specific discharge components was sent to quality leaders at all 49 hospitals...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
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