Children's cellulitis score will aid treatment pathway
Australian researchers have developed the first clinical risk score to aid GPs and ED doctors in assessing severity of paediatric cellulitis.
The so-called ASSET tool (Area, Systematic Features, Swelling, Eye, Tenderness) score will help in decision-making on whether to start intravenous or oral antibiotics, its developer says.
The maximum score a child can receive is seven, and the researchers determined that a cut-off score of four to start IV antibiotics produced the best results.
Developer Dr Laila Ibrahim, a paediatrician at the Royal