Which factors increase the time to antibiotic therapy 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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A study sought to reduce time to antibiotic for children presenting to the emergency department with fever and neutropenia. The authors reported that implementing a standard approach to patients at risk for neutropenia decreased time to antibiotic which was associated with improved patient outcomes. Some of the challenges in providing timely antibiotics to children included venous access (time to effect of topical anesthetics, and difficulty obtaining access), physicians waiting on laboratory results, and antibiotic availability. [113]


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