Table 7

Investigations carried out in children presenting with cellulitis

AdmittedNon-admitted
(n=206)(n=96)
Full blood count performed, n (%)168 (81.6)5 (5.2)p<0.001
 White blood cell, median (IQR)11.9 (8.9–15.5)8.56 (7.95–11.2)
 Elevated,* n (%)96 (57.1)1 (20.0)
C reactive protein performed, n (%)166 (80.6)5 (5.2)p<0.001
 C reactive protein, median (IQR)13.5 (5–36)2.6 (2.4–5.5)
 Elevated,* n (%)111 (66.9)2 (40.0)
Blood culture performed, n (%)94 (45.6)2 (2.1)p<0.001
 Organism identified, n (%)1 (1.1)
Wound swab performed, n (%)120 (58.3)13 (13.5)p<0.001
 Organisms identified, n (%)99 (82.5)10 (76.9)
Imaging, n (%)123 (59.7)14 (14.5)p<0.001
 Ultrasound scan, n (%)353
 X-ray, n (%)7112
 CT, n (%)13
 MRI, n (%)4
  • *Elevated as per laboratory reported reference range.