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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