TABLE 1

Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of the Study Population, N = 330

CharacteristicsN (%)
Race
 White148 (45)
 Black136 (41)
 Hispanic41 (13)
 Other3 (1)
Gender
 Male180 (55)
 Female149 (45)
Clinical examination
 Toxic-appearing19 (6)
 Oxygen requirement90 (28)
Disposition
 Discharged from PED133 (40)
 Admitted from PED88 (27)
 Admitted from OSH/PCP108 (33)
Medical history
 Asthma63 (19)
 Cystic fibrosis7 (2)
 Sickle cell disease11 (3)
 Immunocompromised14 (4)
Radiographic findingsa
 Normal11 (3.5)
 Viral versus RAD53 (17)
 Focal infiltrate220 (70.5)
 Effusion or empyema28 (9)
WBC count (×103/μL)
 >15 00071 (21.5)
 <15 000259 (78.5)
  • OSH, outside hospital; PCP, primary care physician; PED, pediatric emergency department; RAD, reactive airway disease.

  • a Percentages are based on the total 312 chest radiographs obtained.