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Evaluation of Fever in the ICU Patient

Evaluation of Fever in the ICU Patient is a topic covered in the Pocket ICU Management.

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First Things First (assess & treat for the following)

  • Definition: A body temperature >38.3C (101F) represents a fever and an infectious source should be evaluated. However, 50% of episodes of fever are noninfectious.
  • Does pt have hypotension?
    • Consider sepsis (see Sepsis).
      • Proceed with fluid resuscitation.
      • Early antibiotic therapy
      • Consider need for pressors/inotropes.
      • Consider adrenal insufficiency.
  • Is pt hemodynamically stable?
  • Is the pt neutropenic?
    • Neutropenia + fever = immediate antibiotics following cultures

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Last updated: May 14, 2010

Citation

"Evaluation of Fever in the ICU Patient." Pocket ICU Management, PocketMedicine.com, Inc, 2010. Anesthesia Central, anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534119/all/Evaluation_of_Fever_in_the_ICU_Patient.
Evaluation of Fever in the ICU Patient. Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534119/all/Evaluation_of_Fever_in_the_ICU_Patient. Accessed April 20, 2019.
Evaluation of Fever in the ICU Patient. (2010). In Pocket ICU Management. Available from https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534119/all/Evaluation_of_Fever_in_the_ICU_Patient
Evaluation of Fever in the ICU Patient [Internet]. In: Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. [cited 2019 April 20]. Available from: https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534119/all/Evaluation_of_Fever_in_the_ICU_Patient.
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