Inpatient Pathway for the Evaluation/Treatment of the Child with Appendicitis


  1. Provide evidence-based, best practice care to all patients admitted to CHOP with appendicitis or suspected appendicitis
  2. Improve efficiency and communication between team members
  3. Reduce unnecessary practice variability
  4. Reduce unnecessary testing


  1. Number, type of pre-operative imaging studies done
  2. Length of stay by diagnosis
  3. Antibiotic choice and duration by diagnosis
  4. Readmission for complications (wound infection, abscess)
  5. Return to ED within 7 days of discharge
  6. Return to ED within 30 days of discharge
  7. Need for/transfer to higher level of care