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Emergency department presentations of febrile children to an Australian public hospital

Bereznicki, BJ ORCID: 0000-0001-8463-4817, Tucker, M, Beggs, SA, Zosky, GR ORCID: 0000-0001-9039-0302 and Bereznicki, LRE ORCID: 0000-0003-3974-3437 2018 , 'Emergency department presentations of febrile children to an Australian public hospital' , Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health , pp. 1-6 , doi: 10.1111/jpc.14071.

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Abstract

Aim: We investigated the presentations of children with unspecified fever to an Australian emergency department (ED): (i) to determine the proportionof these presentations that could be classified as potentially avoidable and (ii) to identify factors associated with an increased risk of hospitaladmission.Methods: This study retrospectively identified and described children aged Results: A total of 459 patients aged Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first Australian study that has assessed the impact of unspecified childhood fever on an AustralianED. Further investigation of presentations classified as potentially avoidable is warranted to investigate whether these could be managed in theprimary care setting.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bereznicki, BJ and Tucker, M and Beggs, SA and Zosky, GR and Bereznicki, LRE
Keywords: emergency department child fever; emergency medicine; fever
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1034-4810
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/jpc.14071
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Copyright 2018 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (The Royal Australasian College of Physicians)

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