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Aronson PL, Schaeffer P, Fraenkel L
Physicians' and nurses' perspectives on the decision to perform lumbar punctures on febrile infants </=8 weeks old.
This paper discusses the reasons for wide variation in the decision to perform lumbar punctures (LPs) in febrile infants 8 weeks or less. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 pediatric and general emergency medicine physicians and 8 pediatric emergency medicine nurses at an urban, academic medical center. Five themes emerged from the interviews that included: age of the infant, the physician’s clinical experience, physician’s use of research findings, the physician’s values, and the role of the primary care pediatrician.
Citation: Aronson PL, Schaeffer P, Fraenkel L . Physicians' and nurses' perspectives on the decision to perform lumbar punctures on febrile infants </=8 weeks old. Hosp Pediatr 2019 Jun;9(6):405-14. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2019-0002..
Keywords: Newborns/Infants, Decision Making, Provider: Physician, Provider: Nurse, Provider: Clinician, Provider, Emergency Department, Diagnostic Safety and Quality