CT scanning of kids has been on the rise, though we recognize the limitations of this test. It’s not perfect and has some real costs (money, time, sedation risk, cancer). Who do we need to CT and who can we get away without scanning? The Pediatric Emergency Care Research Network (PECARN) looked at a paltry 42,412 kids and came up with a pretty good tool. It still needs external validation, but 42-thousand?! Wow.
They provide you with a flowchart you can share with parents to help make an educated decision. Click for the PDF file for the episode which includes this flow chart and a copy of the video notes.
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