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Title: Are local guidelines on investigations in children admitted with acute gastroenteritis being adhered to?
Authors: Galea, Francesca
Agius, Marija
Mifsud, Stephanie
Pace, David
Keywords: Dehydration in children -- Malta
Gastroenteritis in children -- Malta
Pediatrics -- Malta
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Malta Medical Journal
Citation: Malta Medical Journal. 2015, Vol.27(2), p. 11-15
Abstract: The aim of this article is to assess adherence to local guidelines on the investigation of children admitted with acute gastroenteritis. Children admitted to Mater Dei Hospital with a diagnosis of gastroenteritis between December 2012 and February 2013 were selected. Their investigations were retrospectively assessed in relation to the degree of dehydration and the type of management given. Hospital guidelines relating to investigations performed in children admitted with gastroenteritis were reviewed and compliance was assessed. A total of 411 investigations were carried out in 76 children with the most common investigations being serum electrolytes, urea and creatinine and random blood glucose. Guidelines were met in 4/76 (5.3%) of the study population. Serum electrolytes had the greatest impact on management. The conclusion is that the local guideline on gastroenteritis is not being adhered to in the vast majority of cases. There is an urgent need to raise awareness about the availability and utilisation of this guideline amongst doctors working in paediatrics.
Appears in Collections:MMJ, Volume 27, Issue 2
MMJ, Volume 27, Issue 2

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