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Evaluation of child-abuse victims for fractures varies across hospitals

July 28, 2015

The evaluation practices for occult fractures in pediatric patients diagnosed with abuse varies significantly across U.S. hospitals, revealing an area for improvement in quality of care, according to a recent study. 

“Our results show a lack of uniform adherence to occult fracture evaluation recommendations in young victims of abuse,” Joanne N. Wood, MD, MSHP, of the division of general pediatrics and at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and colleagues wrote. “The marked variation in occult fracture evaluation rates among infants with high-risk injuries raises concerns for missed opportunities to detect abuse and protect children.”
Researchers gathered a cohort of 4,486 pediatric patients aged younger than 2 years with a diagnosis of abuse and children aged younger than 1 year with a non-motor vehicle crash related brain injury or femur fracture. This data was collected from 366 hospitals, using a large database that includes medical information from more than 2,000 hospitals and clinics.

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Oncologists criticize high drug costs, propose cost-cutting measures

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Premature infants more likely to be socially withdrawn as adults

July 28, 2015
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Children of e-scrap workers at significant risk for take-home lead poisoning

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New Management Strategies for Ectopia Lentis

Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Online Advanced Release, July 16, 2015
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CME
Pediatric Fatty Liver

Case Challenges in Pediatric Fatty Liver: What to Look For and When to Refer

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Synageva BioPharma Corp.

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New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician

New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician

May 12, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, from the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado…
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