Diagnostic Testing and Antibiotic Use in Young Children With Community-Acquired Pneumonia in the United States, 2008-2015

Todd A. Florin, Terri Byczkowski, Jeffrey S. Gerber, Richard Ruddy, Nathan Kuppermann

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Abstract

Diagnostic testing and antibiotics are not routinely recommended for young children with community-acquired pneumonia. In a national sample of >6 million outpatient 1- to 6-year-olds with community-acquired pneumonia between 2008 and 2015, a complete blood count was obtained for 8.6% (95% confidence interval [CI], 6.1%-11.1%), radiography was performed for 43% (95% CI, 36%-50%), and antibiotics were given for 73.9% (95% CI, 67.1%-80.7%). There were no changes in testing or antibiotic use over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-252
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 30 2020

Keywords

  • antibiotics
  • children
  • diagnostic testing
  • pneumonia
  • radiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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