Elevated Heart Rate and Risk of Revisit With Admission in Pediatric Emergency Patients.

TitleElevated Heart Rate and Risk of Revisit With Admission in Pediatric Emergency Patients.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsDaymont C, Balamuth F, Scott HF, Bonafide CP, Brady PW, Depinet H, Alpern ER
JournalPediatr Emerg Care
Date Published2018 Jul 16
ISSN1535-1815
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify emergency department (ED) heart rate (HR) values that identify children at elevated risk of ED revisit with admission.

METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients 0 to 18 years old discharged from a tertiary-care pediatric ED from January 2013 to December 2014. We created percentile curves for the last recorded HR for age using data from calendar year 2013 and used receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves to characterize the performance of the percentiles for predicting ED revisit with admission within 72 hours. In a held-out validation data set (calendar year 2014 data), we evaluated test characteristics of last-recorded HR-for-age cut points identified as promising on the ROC curves, as well as those identifying the highest 5% and 1% of last recorded HRs for age.

RESULTS: We evaluated 183,433 eligible ED visits. Last recorded HR for age had poor discrimination for predicting revisit with admission (area under the curve, 0.61; 95% confidence interval, 0.58-0.63). No promising cut points were identified on the ROC curves. Cut points identifying the highest 5% and 1% of last recorded HRs for age showed low sensitivity (10.1% and 2.5%) with numbers needed to evaluate of 62 and 50, respectively, to potentially prevent 1 revisit with admission.

CONCLUSIONS: Last recorded ED HR discriminates poorly between children who are and are not at risk of revisit with admission in a pediatric ED. The use of single-parameter HR in isolation as an automated trigger for mandatory reevaluation prior to discharge may not improve revisit outcomes.

DOI10.1097/PEC.0000000000001552
Alternate JournalPediatr Emerg Care
PubMed ID30020247