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National estimates of emergency department visits for pediatric severe sepsis in the United States

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Author(s): Sara Singhal | Mathias W. Allen | John-Ryan McAnnally | Kenneth S. Smith | John P. Donnelly | Henry E. Wang

Journal: PeerJ
ISSN 2167-8359

Volume: 1;
Start page: e79;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Sepsis | Emergency department | Pediatrics | Epidemiology | Cross-sectional

ABSTRACT
Objective. We sought to determine the characteristics of children presenting to United States (US) Emergency Departments (ED) with severe sepsis. Study design. Cross-sectional analysis using data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS). Using triage vital signs and ED diagnoses (defined by the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision codes), we identified children

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