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Vital signs should be maintained as continuous variables when predicting bacterial infections in febrile children

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Objective: To determine how vital signs such as heart and respiratory rates should be included in prediction models for serious bacterial infections (SBIs) in febrile children. Study Design and Setting: Prospective observational study of 1,750 febrile children aged <16 years, visiting the emergency department of a university hospital; of them 13% (n = 222) had SBI. Common age-specific thresholds of heart and respiratory rates were used to define tachycardia and tachypnea. We compared seven...

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Journal:
Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Volume:
66
Issue:
4
Pages:
453-457
Publication date:
2013-04-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1878-5921
ISSN:
0895-4356
URN:
uuid:6e5a2236-84b9-4d25-953a-6e6dedc00910
Source identifiers:
394111
Local pid:
pubs:394111

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