Pediatric Infectious Diseases offers inpatient and ambulatory consultation services for pediatricians caring for children with infectious diseases. Physicians treat children with complicated infections such as sepsis, meningitis, osteomeylitis, septic arthritis, cellulitis, abscesses, endocarditis, and infections with unusual pathogens. We play an active role in the management and care of children with compromised immune systems including children pre- and post-transplantation and children exposed to or infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). We are a participating member of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease and the National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentвЂ“sponsored Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group (PACTG), and the Combined Anti-Viral Study Group (CASG).
The section also provides advice regarding antibiotic selection and measurement of antimicrobial concentrations for those drugs that have a narrow therapeutic-toxic index, such as aminoglycosides and vancomycin. Other services include advice on infection control, immunizations, foreign travel precautions, assessment and evaluation of children with chronic or recurrent infections, fever of unknown origin, and treatment of patients with possible or proven tuberculosis.