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Correction to: Hospital discharges for fever and neutropenia in pediatric cancer patients: United States, 2009

The Original Article was published on 10 May 2015


After publication of the original article [1] the authors found that the following errors had occurred:

  1. 1.

    There was an error in the ICD-9-CM coding present in the manuscript. Specifically, the variable for “decreased white blood cell count” was incorrectly coded. The “decreased white blood cell count” variable accounted for a small proportion of the total population studied. There were only 11 fewer patients in the final fever and neutropenia population.

    Reanalyzing the data using the corrected ICD-9-CM codes yielded nearly identical results to those found in the original manuscript. None of the slight changes to odds ratios and p-values changed the inferences of the results, except for overall charges for short length of stay (3 days or less) discharges decreased from $65.5 to $60.5 million US dollars.

    The affected values in Tables 1, 2 and 3 from the original manuscript have been amended to reflect these small changes to estimates and p-values and are included in this Correction.

  2. 2.

    The original manuscript includes an incorrect version of Table 4. The estimates presented in the results section of the manuscript are accurate, as is the discussion of these results throughout the text and abstract. The revised Table 4 is included in this Correction and has also been adjusted to take into account the above-mentioned error in coding.

Table 1 Characteristics of Discharges for Non-Transferred Pediatric Cancer Patients: Overall and for Fever and Neutropenia (FN) Discharges – United States, 2009
Table 2 Comparison of Proportion of Infectious Diagnoses by LOS Category Among Pediatric Cancer FN Discharges
Table 3 Mean Charges for Pediatric Cancer Fever and Neutropenia Discharges: Overall and by Length of Stay Category - United States, 2009
Table 4 Multivariate Logistic Regression to Evaluate Factors Associated with a “Short LOS” (≤3 days) Among Pediatric Cancer Fever and Neutropenia Discharges

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  1. Mueller EL, Walkovich KJ, Mody R, Gebremariam A, Davis MM. Hospital discharges for fever and neutropenia in pediatric cancer patients: United States, 2009. BMC Cancer. 2015;15:388. doi:10.1186/s12885-015-1413-8.

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Mueller, E.L., Walkovich, K.J., Mody, R. et al. Correction to: Hospital discharges for fever and neutropenia in pediatric cancer patients: United States, 2009. BMC Cancer 17, 668 (2017).

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