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Table 2 Management of common pediatric complaints in the emergency department

From: National survey of pediatric services available in US emergency departments

  n %
6 month old with bronchiolitis   
Yes, all severity levels; severe cases receive inpatient care at hospital 49 21
Yes, mild to moderate cases only (outpatient care); severe cases transferred to another hospital 182 76
No, does not manage on site 7 3
6 year old with an asthma exacerbation   
Yes, all severity levels; severe cases receive inpatient care at respondent hospital 78 33
Yes, mild to moderate cases only (outpatient care); severe cases transferred to another hospital 154 65
No, does not manage on site 6 2
6 year old with acute appendicitis   
Yes, evaluate and transfer to the OR at hospital 115 48
Yes, evaluate and transfer to the OR if surgeon was available/comfortable 5 2
Yes, evaluate, but transfer to another hospital for surgery 112 47
No, does not manage on site 6 3
  1. Abbreviations: OR, operating room.