Pediatric patients commonly are brought to the Emergency Department for a fever without a source. Management of these patients depends on the patient’s age. Today’s PV card focuses on the youngest age group: Birth-to-28 days.
QUESTION to everyone:
- Do you correct your age calculation for prematurity? Premature neonates are more at risk for SBI, but I’ve seen varying practices.
PV Card: Pediatric Fever Without a Source (Birth-28 Days Old)
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Keep a lookout for future PV cards which will address fevers without a source in pediatric patients aged 29 days-3 months and 3 months-3 years old.
Thanks to Dr. Hemal Kanzaria (UCSF-SFGH resident) for helping design this PV card and Dr. Christine Cho, Dr. Andi Marmor, and Dr. Ellen Laves (UCSF Pediatrics) for the content.