What is included in supportive care for omphalitis?

Updated: May 20, 2019
  • Author: Patrick G Gallagher, MD; Chief Editor: Santina A Zanelli, MD  more...
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In addition to antimicrobial therapy, supportive care is essential to survival. These measures include the following:

  • Provide ventilatory assistance and supplementary oxygen for hypoxemia or apnea unresponsive to stimulation.

  • Administer fluid, vasoactive agents, or both (as indicated) for hypotension.

  • Administration of platelets, fresh frozen plasma, or cryoprecipitate for disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) and clinical bleeding is suggested.

  • Treat infants at centers capable of supporting cardiopulmonary function.


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