Neonatal sepsis can be subtle, especially early on. It can rapidly progress to multisystem organ failure, meningitis, and death. Given the real dangers of neonatal sepsis, we will focus on 10 key points to remember when evaluating for this lurking terror.
We have discussed the evaluation of fevers in a young infant (90 days or younger) as an EB Medicine podcast special. For this specific discussion, a great resource is from a recent BMJ article.
#1 - Sepsis is Divided by Onset
#2 - Look at the Vital Signs
#3 - Watch for Common Changes
#4 - Other Signs and Symptoms
#5 - Blood Culture
#6 - Urine Culture
#7 - Potential Tests to Perform
#8 - Lumbar Puncture
#9 - Antibiotic Choice
#10 - Morbidity and Mortality
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