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Research project

To study diagnostic accuracy of (low) blood pressure

Status: Ongoing

We study the diagnostic accuracy of (low) blood pressure and its relation with other circulatory parameters in childeren receiving emergency. We also define 'abnormal vital signs in a population receiving routine emergency care.

What we do

About our project

Background information

Vital signs are essential to identify serious illness in children in the Emergency Department. The, frequency of blood pressure measurement at the Emergency Department varies widely, however, and the diagnostic accuracy for low blood pressure is unclear. Different definitions for abnormal blood pressure  in the Emergency Department population are being used.

Overall aim

  • To study the diagnostic accuracy of (low) blood pressure and its relation with other circulatory parameters to predict serious illness. 
  • To define ‘abnormal vital signs’ in routine care in an Emergency Department population. 
     

Research method

Department using routinely collected data. First, we compare the diagnostic value of different clinical definitions for (low) blood pressure. Furthermore, we assess the diagnostic accuracy of (low) blood pressure in addition to heart rate to predict serious illness. 

Desirable outcome

Our goal is to gain more knowledge about the predictive value of vital signs and circulatory parameters and thus to further improve the early recognition of serious ill children at the Emergency Department. 

Vital-signs

Collaborations

Erasmus MC

  • Department of Pediatric Emergency Care.
  • Department of Public Health.
  • Department of Medical Informatics.