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Table 1 Summary for the 213 study participants (n and (%) unless otherwise stated)

From: Diagnostic test accuracy of point-of-care procalcitonin to diagnose serious bacterial infections in children

Characteristic  
Recruitment by site
 Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (Tertiary Children’s Hospital) 198
 Salisbury District Hospital (District General Hospital) 11
 Royal Lancaster Infirmary (District General Hospital) 3
 Furness General Hospital (District General Hospital) 1
Demographic Data
 Age months; median (range) 33 (1–167)
 Male sex 116 (54.5)
Vaccination status
 Vaccinations up-to-date 208(97.8)
Index Tests
 PCT 213(100)
 C-reactive protein 213(100)
Reference Standard Tests Performed
 At least one reference test performed 209(98.1)
 Blood Culture/PCR 208(97.7)
 Urine Microscopy/Culture 46(21.6)
 Stool Culture 7(3.2)
 Chest Radiograph 5(2.3)
 CSF Microscopy/Culture/PCR 2(0.9)
 Histology 0(0.0)
Outcomes
 Received parenteral antibiotics at first presentation 100 (46.9)
 Admitted to PICU 3(1.4)
 Unplanned re-attendance 3(1.4)
 Deaths 0(0.0)
 Serious infections 10(4.7)
  • Septicaemia 4(1.9)
  • Bacterial Meningitis 1(0.5)
  • Appendicitis 0(0.0)
  • Pneumonia 0(0.0)
  • Osteomyelitis 0(0.0)
  • Cellulitis 3(1.4)
  • Bacterial gastroenteritis 0(0.0)
  • Urinary tract infection 2(0.9)