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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 seve...

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Spruijt, B More by this author
Vergouwe, Y More by this author
Nijman, RG More by this author
Thompson, M More by this author
Oostenbrink, R More by this author
Journal:
Journal of clinical epidemiology
Volume:
66
Issue:
4
Pages:
453-457
Publication date:
2013-04-05
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EISSN:
1878-5921
ISSN:
0895-4356
URN:
uuid:8064d701-ad93-445a-91e3-c62a49db2f3f
Source identifiers:
377385
Local pid:
pubs:377385

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