Journal article

Fever and fever management among intensive care patients with known or suspected infection: a multicentre prospective cohort study

Paul Young, Manoj Saxena, Glenn M Eastwood, Rinaldo Bellomo, Richard Beasley

Critical care and resuscitation : journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2011


OBJECTIVE: To describe the duration of fever, fever management, and outcomes among intensive care patients with fever and known or suspected infection. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Prospective observational trial in three tertiary intensive care units over 6 weeks in 2010. Adult patients were screened for eligibility and inclusion if they had a fever of ≥38.0°C and known or suspected infection being treated with antimicrobials; those with neurological injury or elective surgery within 72 hours were excluded. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Mean and peak daily temperatures were recorded and the use of antipyretics and other cooling measures were recorded over the first 7 days. Mortality, ICU-free..

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