What is the initial focus of emergent management of pediatric patients with fever?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Hina Z Ghory, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Clinicians first need to address airway, breathing, and circulation if this has not already been done. Manage the airway (supplemental oxygen or intubation as needed) and secure intravenous access if it was not established during prehospital care. Monitor the patient's heart rate, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry readings. Administer intravenous fluids, such as normal sodium chloride solution with boluses (weight based), as needed for hypotension. Pressors should be given as needed for hypotension that does not respond to fluid.


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