Studies find variation in pediatric use of diagnostic tests in EDs

07/22/2013 |

The use of radiography in children admitted to emergency departments for asthma substantially increased between 1995 and 2009, while rates were about the same for bronchiolitis or croup, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Another study published in Pediatrics looked at 100,615 ED visits of children aged 2 months to 18 years from 2007 to 2010 and found that hospitals that used more diagnostic tests for community-acquired pneumonia had higher hospitalization rates than low test-utilizing hospitals.

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