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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Neutropenic Fever

R.E.B.E.L.EM - July 20, 2018 - By Bennett J.
"Take Home Points:
  • There are many causes of neutropenia, chemotherapy being by far the most dangerous
  • Febrile neutropenia is a condition conveying high mortality. Early administration of antibiotics is the only factor known to reduce this mortality
  • For a patient with neutropenic fever, remember that the body’s own flora is the greatest danger. Isolate, but do not wait to initiate treatment
  • Check old blood cultures and obtain new cultures prior to starting treatment
  • Identify low risk patients and send them home with PO antibiotics and close oncology follow-up in conjunction with your oncologist"