5-point tool for doctors treating childhood cellulitis

Assessment score developed to decide whether to use IV or oral antibiotics

Deciding whether a child with cellulitis needs oral or intravenous antibiotics could be made simpler with a five-point assessment tool devised by Melbourne researchers.

They developed the Area, Systemic features, Swelling, Eye, Tenderness (ASSET) score based on findings from 285 children who presented to the Royal Children’s Hospital with cellulitis.