The results of a study by Georgia Urology Pediatric Urologists Drs. Edwin E. Smith, Bruce Broecker, and Andrew J. Kirsch were published in the December 2015 edition of The Journal of Emergency Medicine. The study evaluated children who presented in the Emergency Department (ED) with febrile urinary tract infections (fUTI).
The objective of the study was to determine the impact of a patient’s demographics on hospital admissions for pyelonephritis (kidney infection resulting from a UTI).
Children aged 2–24 months presenting to the ED with initial fUTI were identified. Demographics, insurance status, laboratory studies, renal-bladder ultrasound (RBUS), VCUG, and hospital admission status were reviewed.