Specific patterns of postoperative temperature elevations predict blood infection in pediatric burn patients
from Journal of Burn Care & Research
The standard in diagnosing blood infection is a positive blood culture result that may take up to 3 days to process, requiring providers to make a prediction about which febrile patient is actually bacteremic. This prediction is difficult in burned children as systemic inflammation can cause fever in the absence of infection. An ability to make this prediction more accurate using readily available information would be useful.
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