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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e318257f8ec
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Frequency and Trajectory of Abnormalities in Respiratory Rate, Temperature and Oxygen Saturation in Severe Pneumonia In Children

Izadnegahdar, Rasa MD*; Fox, Matthew P. MPH, DSc*‡; Thea, Donald M. MSc, MD*‡; Qazi, Shamim A. MSc, MD§; for the Pneumonia Studies Group

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Abstract

The frequency or trajectory of vital sign abnormalities in children with pneumonia has not been described. In a cohort of 2714 patients with severe pneumonia identified and treated as per the World Health Organization definition and recommendations, tachypnea, fever and hypoxia were found in 68.9%, 23.6% and 15.5% of children, respectively. Median oxygen saturation returned to a normal range by 10 hours following initiation of treatment, followed by temperature at 12 hours and respiratory rate at 22 hours for subjects <12 months and at 48 hours for those ≥12 months of age.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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