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Is Pediatric Emergency Department Utilization by Pregnant Adolescents on the Rise?
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PMID:  22453721     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates trends of pregnant adolescents' utilization of pediatric emergency departments (PEDs), describes patient demographics, and reviews common pregnancy-related conditions seen in the PED. METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study of a large pediatric emergency medicine research network database including 11 freestanding PEDs, 3 separate PEDs from a site with a general ED, and 8 general EDs that see pediatric patients. Pediatric patients (<19 years old) were identified from January 1, 2003, to December 31, 2007, by any International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition diagnosis code. Demographic information (age, race, payer type) and disposition (admit, discharge home, transfer) were recorded. RESULTS: There were 15,190 unique pregnancy-related visits with an overall annual growth rate of 2.8% (P = 0.03). There was a statistically significant increase in visits to freestanding PEDs (P = 0.02) and separate PED from a site with a general ED (P = 0.03), but there was not in the general EDs (P = 0.16). The 3 most common pregnancy-related conditions were abdominal pain, genitourinary infection, and hemorrhage in early pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS: Pregnant adolescents make up a small (<1%) but growing proportion of overall visits to PEDs. Future direction should include an evaluation of the educational opportunities provided during pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training and, if inadequacies exist, work to develop an innovative curriculum for this particular patient population.
Nathan L Timm; Constance McAneney; Elizabeth Alpern; Michelle Macy; Richard Ruddy;
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1535-1815     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-3-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the *Division of Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; †Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and ‡Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
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