Published guidelines have suggested empiric treatment in all clinical settings for children with an elevated white blood cell count (WBC),10 although there is controversy about their application, especially in primary care settings.11–13 Primary care clinicians in the high-volume, low-acuity office setting must weigh the consequences of testing and treatment, including discomfort to the child, financial costs, and unintended consequences of false-positive results, against the small risks of serious bacterial infections. Our data confirm that many young febrile children receive follow-up care by telephone or at a subsequent office visit. –       What has been used to treat the rash? Patients. Fever is commonly caused by a viral infection. We performed a retrospective cohort study including all children 3 to 36 months old enrolled in 11 staff-model pediatric departments of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care between January 1, 1991 and December 31, 1994. Whether a change in practice toward more aggressive screening for bacteremia is warranted remains an important question whose answer depends on the effectiveness, costs, and discomforts of testing and treatment, the morbidity and costs of meningitis and other serious infections, and the preferences of families. Almost all (93%) children with a diagnosed bacterial infection were prescribed antibiotics, compared with 9% of those diagnosed with a viral illness. Fifty-six percent of febrile children with fever ≥39°C were diagnosed with a bacterial source for infection, 3% with a specific viral syndrome, and 32% with a nonspecific viral illness; the distribution of diagnoses was similar among children with fever 38°C to 38.9°C. Of these, 13% with a temperature of 38°C to 39°C and 36% with a temperature of ≥39°C received laboratory testing. HISTORY TAKING IN FEBRILEPATIENTS Using the Calgary Cambridge guide as a framework to interviewing patients. We did this because we sought data on the outcomes of treatment of fever without a source to prevent sequelae of bacteremia, rather than on the accurate diagnosis and management of children who present to their primary care site with signs and symptoms of meningitis or sepsis. E-mail:jonathan_finkelstein{at}hphc.org. Examination of a limping child should begin with a thorough history, focusing on the presence of pain, any history of trauma, and any associated systemic symptoms. A decision analysis of diagnostic management strategies. Decision analyses, based on conditions that existed before routine immunization forHaemophilus influenzae, arrived at conflicting conclusions.14,,15 In addition, rising concern about antibiotic resistance may cause increased scrutiny of empiric treatment of low-risk children.16,,17. Ascertainment of the use of medical care services from office visits to hospitalizations is nearly complete, and the denominator of covered children can be calculated precisely based on registration data. who gave priority to a potential bacterial source (eg, otitis media). –       Lymph node, mucous membranes, conjunctivae and genitalia assessment, –       Blood cultures – depending on history of possible exposures, –       Fluid from any lesions can be examined, –       Unroof vesicles so that base of lesion can be swabbed, Editted by: Elmine Statham (UBC pediatrics resident), Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC  | © Copyright The University of British Columbia, Approach to the Child with a fever and rash, Approach to Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease in the Newborn. Practice guideline for the management of infants and children 0 to 36 months of age with fever without source. In total, 449 children (12%) were prescribed a new antibiotic at follow-up: 223 received a first prescription for the illness and 226 had their antibiotic switched. Our belief that these diagnoses are often used as diagnoses of exclusion is supported by the 30% rate of blood testing among highly febrile children with these diagnoses. The most important step is taking a meticulous detailed history to explore the patients problems from three perspectives. Ask about fever duration during your history taking. 1. Because our focus was the management of fever and treatment of occult bacteremia to prevent the development of serious bacterial infection, we excluded visits within 24 hours of hospital admission. We support the continuing attempts to improve the management of children with fever in primary care settings based on the best available evidence. History of present illness should determine when vomiting episodes started, frequency, and character of episodes (particularly whether vomiting is projectile, bilious, or small in amount and more consistent with spitting up). What is a fever? Vomiting in children is most commonly acute infectious gastroenteritis; however, vomiting is a nonspecific symptom and may be initial presentation of serious medical conditions including infections (meningitis, septicemia, urinary tract infection); anatomical abnormalities (malrotation, obstruction, … This record captures vital signs on arrival (including temperature), laboratory tests, diagnoses, and medications prescribed in searchable fields. A total of 43% of children had medical contact as either an in-person visit or by telephone. Case 1, who later presented with H influenzae meningitis, was seen 2 days before admission with a temperature of 40.6°C and was treated with an oral antibiotic for otitis media. It is possible that some cases of febrile urinary tract infection were therefore missed, or inadvertently treated under another diagnosis. Objective. Non-polio enteroviruses (coxsackievirus, echovirus), –       Cause variety of different rashes, –       Should be included in differential, –       Potential sequela of group A streptococcal pharyngitis, –       Erythema marginatum – transient macular lesions with central clearing – usually found on extensor surfaces of proximal extremities and trunk, –       Subcutaneous nodules over bony prominences, –       Bilateral conjunctival injection, injected or fissured lips, –       Injected pharynx or “strawberry tongue”, –       Generalized or periungual desquamation, –       Serositis (pleuritis or pericarditis), –       Arthritis (Non-erosive, any joint, polyarticular), –       Blood dyscrasia (anemia, leukopenia, lymphopenia or thrombocytopenia), –       Immunoreactive (anti-Ds DNA, Anti-Rho, Anti-Sm, Anti-La, antiphospholipid), –       Neurological (Sz, Chorea, Psychosis). USMLE Step 2 CS- Joint History - Duration: 12:17. 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