Pediatric Febrile Emergency
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Section 7 - PEDIATRIC / OBSTETRICAL
7.10 PEDIATRIC FEBRILE EMERGENCY
- Move patient to cool environment. (Cooler environment described as cooler than surrounding air or body temperature) - DO NOT CHILL PATIENT.
- Remove clothing if appropriate.
- If AMS, apply water to patient’s torso and lightly fan to facilitate evaporation process.
- If seizure activity present, refer to SEIZURE PRACTICE PARAMETER (5.12).
- If the patient has experienced a febrile seizure, still has a temperature (>100.5 degrees), and has not been given acetaminophen within the last 4 hours.
- Administer ACETAMINOPHEN SUPPOSITORY as per the Handtevy System.
In a case of a pediatric febrile emergency where no oral ACETAMINOPHEN has been given or is not available, rectal suppositories may be administered.
- Definition of a febrile emergency in all children Temperature greater than 100.5° F AMS, and/or Febrile seizures
- All infants age four (4) months or less with a fever of 100.5° F or greater without any other symptoms are treated as a febrile emergency at all times