• Attitudes and Opinions of Adolescent Females Regarding 2 Methods of Bladder Filling for Transabdominal Ultrasound: A Q-Sort Study

    1 month ago - By Pediatric Emergency Care

    Objectives
    Adolescent female patients who are not sexually active and who present to a pediatric emergency department with abdominal pain require a full bladder prior to transabdominal ultrasound. Procedures to fill the bladder are largely institution or provider dependent. We examined adolescent females' attitudes and opinions toward 2 common methods of bladder filling, intravenous fluid administration and transurethral Foley catheter placement, by means of a Q-sort study.
    Methods
    Two convenience samples of adolescent female patients in the pediatric emergency department at an academic...
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  • Practice Pattern Variation in Test Ordering for Low-Acuity Pediatric Emergency Department Patients

    1 month ago - By Pediatric Emergency Care

    Objectives
    Rising costs in healthcare have focused attention on interventions to optimize efficiency of patient care, including decreasing unnecessary diagnostic testing. The primary objective of this study was to determine the variability of laboratory and radiology testing among licensed independent providers with different training backgrounds treating low-acuity patients in a pediatric emergency department .
    Methods
    We performed a retrospective review of the electronic health records of all encounters with patients 21 years or younger, triaged as low-acuity, visiting 2 urban, academic...
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