Why are discharge protocols used 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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Controversy continues over whether early bacterial meningitis or other severe systemic bacterial illness in these patients may not be apparent. Therefore, all such patients discharged from the ED require meticulous examination and thorough documentation.

Any discharge protocol in which patients may be observed on an outpatient basis should be developed collaboratively by the department of emergency medicine and the department of pediatrics.


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