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Authors’ response
  1. Paul Walsh1,2,
  2. Christina Overmyer3,
  3. Christine Hancock3,
  4. Jacquelyn Heffner2,
  5. Nicholas Walker2,
  6. Thienphuc Nguyen2,
  7. Lucas Shanholtzer2,
  8. James Pusavat4,
  9. Eli Mordechai3,
  10. Martin E Adelson3,
  11. Kathryn T Iacono3
  1. 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California at Davis, Sacramento, California, USA
  2. 2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, California, USA
  3. 3 Department of Research and Development, Medical Diagnostic Laboratories, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA
  4. 4 Department of Laboratory and Pathology, Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paul Walsh, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California Davis, 4150V Street #PSSB 2100, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA; pfwalsh{at}

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  • Funding Paediatric Emergency Medicine Research Foundation.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Kern Medical Center.

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

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