Funding for this research was provided by:
Ministry of Science and Technology (Grant 101-2314-B-006-033-MY3)
National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan (NCKUH-10306030)
Received: 18 December 2018
Accepted: 23 July 2019
First Online: 1 August 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the National Cheng Kung University Hospital (NCKUH) (No. ER-100-060). The written informed consents were obtained from all participating patients prior to clinical data. The patients’ guardians got the informed consents form principal investigator and the written informed consents were delivered to the study co-ordinators form patients’ guardians. The Institutional Review Board of the NCKUH provided ethical clearance for conducting this study and waivered the requirement to obtain informed consent from the patients whose medical records were analyzed in this study, as its involved an internal, retrospective review of patient charts without any acquisition of identifying patient information. Permission was obtained from the Institutional Review Board of the NCKUH to review patient charts. Data were accessible only to authorized members of the core study team.
: Written informed consent for the publication was obtained from the participating patients’ guardians.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.