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"Guidelines for evaluation of new fever in critically ill adult patients: 2008 update from the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the Infectious Diseases Society of America"

update in progress
Published: Crit Care Med ; 2008 ; 36 : 1330 -1349

Abstract

In some intensive care units (ICUs), the measurement of a newly elevated temperature triggers automatic orders for many tests that are time-consuming, costly, and disruptive. Moreover, the patient may experience discomfort, be exposed to unneeded radiation, or experience considerable blood loss as a result of this testing, which is often repeated several times within 24 hours and daily thereafter. In an era when use of hospital and patient resources is under intensive scrutiny, it is appropriate to assess how such fevers should be evaluated in a prudent and cost-effective manner.

 

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