Anesthesia Central is an all-in-one web and mobile solution for treating patients before, during, and after surgery. This collection of drug, procedures and test information is derived from Davis’s Drug, MGH Clinical Anesthesia Procedures, Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, and MEDLINE Journals. Explore these free sample topics:
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First Things First
- Decision to start treatment is based on epidemiologic and clinical findings.
- Do not wait for diagnostic test results to come back before initiating treatment, or else you might wait days, thereby losing precious time and delaying potentially life-saving treatment.
- The most virulent of the bugs are R. rickettsii, which causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and R. prowazekii, which causes epidemic typhus.
- Before antibiotic era, mortality was 25%.
- Current mortality is 3-5%, attributable to incorrect diagnosis or delayed antibiotic treatment.
- Survey the skin to look for the tick bite.
- The classic trio is:
- Tick bite
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a misnomer. Cases have been reported in every state except Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont.