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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000370
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Procalcitonin Use in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Cies, Jeffrey J. PharmD, MPH, BCPS-AQ ID*†‡; Chopra, Arun MD§¶

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We evaluated whether procalcitonin (PCT) might aid diagnosing serious bacterial infections in a general pediatric intensive care unit population. Two-hundred and one patients accounted for 332 PCT samples. A PCT ≥1.45 ng/mL had a positive predictive value of 30%, a negative predictive value of 93% and a sensitivity of 72% and a specificity of 75%. These data suggest PCT can assist in identifying patients without serious bacterial infections and limit antimicrobial use.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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