Time-to-antibiotic administration as a quality of care measure in children with febrile neutropenia: A survey of pediatric oncology centers

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Time-to-antibiotic administration (TTA) has been suggested as a quality-of-care (QOC) measure for pediatric oncology patients with febrile neutropenia (FN). Unknown, however, is to what extent pediatric oncology centers utilize TTA. Therefore, we designed and administered an electronic survey (68% response rate) of programs in the Children's Oncology Group to assess TTA utilization. Nearly half of respondents track TTA. Most reported using a benchmark of less than 60min from arrival. TTA is a commonly used QOC measure for pediatric FN despite an absence of studies establishing its validity and a lack of data supporting its impact on outcomes of FN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-305
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012



  • Febrile neutropenia
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of care
  • Time-to-antibiotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology

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