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Sites to measure temperature, which is lower

1. Axillary->lower 2. Rectal 3. Tympanic 4. Skin


History in fever (4 key)

1. Localising symptoms 2. Travel 3. Sick contacts 4. Immunisations


Examination in fever

1. General 2. Colour 3. Activity 4. Respiratory 5. Hydration 6. Prolonged fever 7. Swelling of limb/joint, not weight bearing, new lump 8. Non-blanching rash, bulging fontanelles, neck stiff 9. Status epilepticus, focal neurology, focal seizures 10. Bile stained vomiting 11. Consider well or unwell 12. Localising signs: ENT, neck, WOB, abdominal, skin rash, joint swelling


Investigations in fever: <1 month, 1-3 months

1. 38 rectal Discuss with senior Full sepsis w/u= FBE/film, BC, urine culture (SPA), LP +/- CXR Admit for empirical antibiotics 2. 1-3 months corrected, >38 Discuss with senior Full sepsis w/u (CXR only if resp) +/- LP D/c with r/v in 12 hours if: previously healthy, looks well, WCC 5-15000, urine microS clear, CXR clear, CSF clear if done If unwell/above not met->admit to hospital for obs +/- empirical antibiotics


Investigations in fever: >3 months w/ and w/o clear focus

1. >38 + clear focus a. Looks well Treat as clinically indicated b. Looks unwell Discuss with senior Investigate depending on focus Admit for treatment 2. >38 w/o clear focus a. Looks well urine (SPA up to 12mo) >12 mo->Urine MCS consider DC with symptomatic Arrange RV in 24 hours, or sooner if deteriorates b. Looks miserable, still interactive urine (SPA up to 12mo) >12 mo->Urine MCS consider Discuss with senior prior to investigations c. Unwell Full septic w/u: FBE, BC, urine culture +/- CXR, LP Admit for observations +/- IV antibiotics


LP contraindications

1. Impaired conscious state 2. Focal neurological signs 3. Hemodynamically unstable 4. Coagulopathy 5. Severe cardiorespiratory compromise


Should bag urine specimens be sent for culture

1. No 2. If positive on reagent strip do SPA or catheter urine, send sample for culture.


High risk children

1. Immunosuppressed 2. Chronic lung disease 3. Congenital heart disease


Discharging child with fever

1. Infants less than 1 month of age with fever should be admitted. 2. Infants 1 to 3 months of age: The child is well All investigations are normal The child has been reviewed by a senior registrar/consultant Follow up in 12 hours has been arranged 3. Children older than 3 months: The child is well Follow up has been arranged 4. Give parent information sheet


If positive blood culture

Contact the family immediately and arrange clinical review: a. Strep pneumoniae - Child well and afebrile: If the child is on antibiotic therapy, a 7 day course of antibiotics should be completed. If the child has not received antibiotics, they do not need to be investigated or treated as they have cleared the infection themselves. Review if clinical deterioration occurs. - Child unwell or febrile: Sepsis workup and admission for i.v. antibiotics b. Any other organism (regardless of clinical condition) Discuss with ED Consultant (or General Paediatric Consultant on call if patient is admitted) if isolate is thought to be a contaminant. Sepsis workup and admission for i.v. antibiotics.


When should parents see the doctor with child + fever

1. Complaining of stiff neck, sore eyes 2. Vomiting and refusing to drink much 3. Rash 4. Sleepy more than usual 5. Problems with breathing 6. Pain


At home care for parents with febrile child

1. Dress enough so not shivering 2. Tepid sponging and fanning not recommended 3. >38.5 and miserable/other symptoms may give paracetamol. If child fever + well, no need to treat. 4. May not make fever go away, aims to make child feel better. Give fluids 5. Paracetamol in other medicine, make sure if giving that other medications containing haven't been given 6. Every four hours as on the bottle. No more than 4 in 24 hours. Do not give for more than 2 days without seeing doctor 7. Come back if more sick or not improved at 48 hours.


Early onset sepsis, causative agents, risks

1. w/i 48 hours of life 2. Pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis 3. GBS, gram -ve, Listeria 4. Risks PPROM Fetal distress Maternal fever/infection Surgical sutures Previous GBS on culture Preterm


Late onset sepsis, cause, risks

1. Acquired out os hospital 2. Coag negative staph, GBS, gram -ve 3. Risks +time in hospital Cross contamination Cannula/catheter Anatomic anomaly->bladder, pelvis, NTD


Management of sepsis


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