What are the initial treatment measures that should be taken in suspected meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Initial measures include the following:

  • Shock or hypotension – Crystalloids

  • Altered mental status – Seizure precautions and treatment (if necessary), along with airway protection (if warranted)

  • Stable with normal vital signs – Oxygen, IV access, and rapid transport to the emergency department (ED)

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