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The importance of currency in data trends
  1. Damian Roland1,4,
  2. Muhammad Waseem Shahzad2,
  3. Ffion Davies3,4
  1. 1 Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, Leics, UK
  2. 2 East Midlands Health Innovation and Education Cluster, University of Leicester, Leicester, Leics, UK
  3. 3 Department of Emergency Medicine, Leicester, Leics, UK
  4. 4 Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic (PEMLA) Group, University of Leicester, Leis, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Damian Roland, Emergency Department Secretaries c/o Elizabeth Cadman-Moore, Emergency Department, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, Leics LE1 5WW, UK; dr98{at}

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The recent paper by Gill et al 1 adds further weight to the belief that more can be done to prevent children with acute illnesses being admitted to hospital. They report a year-on-year rise in admissions to hospital, generally made up of young infants with short-lived episodes. This information is vital as health services, commissioners and governments must have up-to-date data on the trends in the use of the services by …

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  • Contributors DR conceived the original idea, MWS collated and formatted the data and FD revised and amended the final draft in conjunction with DR.

  • Funding College of Emergency Medicine and East Midlands Health Innovation and Education Cluster.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval The Paediatrc Observation Priority Score study has ethical approval from the Nothingham 2 NRES committee (11/EM/0351).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.