Parenteral penicillin for children with meningococcal disease before hospital admission: case-control study.
OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact on mortality and morbidity of parenteral penicillin given to children before admission to hospital with suspected meningococcal disease. DESIGN: Retrospective comparison of fatal and non-fatal cases. SETTING: England, Wales, and Northern Ireland; December 1997 to February 1999. PARTICIPANTS: 158 children aged 0-16 years (26 died, 132 survived) in whom a general practitioner had made the diagnosis of meningococcal disease before hospital admission. RESULTS: Adm...Expand abstract
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