Markham JL, Thurm CW, Hall M, Shah SS, Quinonez R, Tchou MJ, Antoon JW, Genies MC, Parlar-Chun R, Johnson DP, Shah SP, Ittel M, Brady PW. Variation in Early Inflammatory Marker Testing for Infection-Related Hospitalizations in Children. Hospital pediatrics. 2020 Sep 18. PMID: 32948631 [PubMed]
Inflammatory marker testing in children has been identified as a potential area of overuse. We sought to describe variation in early inflammatory marker (C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate) testing for infection-related hospitalizations across children's hospitals and to determine its association with length of stay (LOS), 30-day readmission rate, and cost.