What is the role of vital signs in the 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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Vital signs recorded in triage should routinely include a temperature in young children. This should be recorded for all neonates and infants presenting with fever or other potentially infectious complaints (eg, not eating well, not breathing well, color changes, behavior changes). A rectal temperature is the most accurate for infants. [105]

Nursing triage includes an accurate assessment of the patient's weight to ascertain the correct dose of an antipyretic or other medications. An antipyretic should be given as early as possible during the ED visit.


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