Journal article

Paediatric emergency department presentations due to feeding tube complications in children with cerebral palsy

Ai-Lynn Wong, Elaine Meehan, Franz E Babl, Susan M Reid, Anthony Catto-Smith, Katrina Williams, Dinah S Reddihough

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

AIM: To describe the characteristics of emergency department (ED) presentations due to complications from gastrostomy or gastrojejunal feeding tubes among children with cerebral palsy (CP), the complexity of complications and the management approaches taken. METHODS: The Victorian CP Register was linked to the ED databases of Victoria's two tertiary paediatric hospitals, and data on presentations due to feeding tube complications were identified based on discharge diagnosis codes. Additional data on presentations were extracted from medical records. RESULTS: Over 5 years, there were 234 ED presentations due to feeding tube-related complaints among a CP cohort (n = 2183). ED notes were locate..

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