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