I am curious as to how many Children's Emergency Department Medical
Directors would expect their EP attending staff to routinely personally
perform paracentesis on children younger than 5 years of age. Could you
respond to me personally with the following information.
1. Name of CED ___________________________.
2. EPs are expected to personally provide diagnostic paracentesis on
children <5 in the CED. Yes or No
3. Diagnostic paracentesis is performed by interventional radiology:
4. Our EPs personally perform approximately _________#(please don't
exaggerate here :)) diagnostic paracentesis in children <5 years old per
year. (Do not include those actually performed by another service)
5. Our graduating PEM Fellows have documented ________# (on average)
diagnostic paracentesis during their fellowship.
Randy Cordle MD
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Medical Director: Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Fellowship Director: PEM Fellowship
Carolinas Medical Center
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