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Body temperature not an accurate indicator of serious bacterial infection

July 2, 2015

The accuracy of an infant’s temperature measured at presentation at the emergency department is not a reliable indicator for severe bacterial infection, according to a recent study.

“Temperature is an inaccurate marker of serious bacterial infection in children presenting to the emergency department with fever and reliance on magnitude of fever to guide further evaluation will result in misclassification of both serious bacterial infections and self-limiting illnesses,” Sukanya De, MBBS, MD, PhD, of the University of Sydney, Australia, and colleagues wrote. “Low grade fever does not rule out serious bacterial infection at any age. Although high fever warrants careful evaluation, it does not per se rule in serious bacterial infection.”

Gilead files NDA for once-daily HIV treatment

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Health officials warn of possible HIV, HBV, HCV exposure from dental procedures

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California could spend nearly $5 billion on HCV drugs over next year

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MRSA epidemics in US, South America share common ancestor

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The Patient at Risk for HIV Infection

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This CME activity will focus on the utilization of PrEP in patients at risk for developing HIV infection supplemented…
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Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

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Acute bacterial conjunctivitis affects approximately 1 of every 8 children each year, and 5 million cases occur in the…
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