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Pediatric Triage in a Severe Pandemic: Maximizing Survival by Establishing Triage Thresholds

A new study in the September 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine develops and validate an algorithm to guide selection of patients for pediatric critical care admission during a severe pandemic when Crisis Standards of Care are implemented.

The authors found that triage resulted in: 1) more children receiving ICU care, 2) greater survival of those admitted to the PICU, and 3) greater survival among all casualties compared with first come, first served.

Because ICUs are often full even without a severe pandemic, we might consider adopting similar triage protocols for daily practice.

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