Complexity and Severity of Pediatric Patients Treated at United States Emergency Departments

Hudgins, J.D. et al. The Journal of Pediatrics | Published online: 7 April 2017

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Objective: To compare the complexity and severity of presentation of children in general vs pediatric emergency departments (EDs).

Conclusions: Pediatric EDs provided care to a greater proportion of medically complex children than general EDs and had greater rates of hospitalization. This information may inform educational efforts in residency or postgraduate training to ensure high-quality care for children with complex health care needs.

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