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Rule out Sepsis in Infant 

Rule out Sepsis in Infant
Rule out Sepsis in Infant
Acute Care Casebook

Temima Waltuch


This case reviews the workup and management of febrile infants less than 3 months of age. These infants are a unique population as their immune systems are immature, placing them at increased risk for serious bacterial infections. Most febrile infants have self-limited viral illnesses; however, it is important to identify those that have a coexisting or isolated bacterial illness. Febrile infants <28 days require a full sepsis workup and admission to the hospital for monitoring and parenteral empiric antibiotic treatment. Workup and management of febrile infants between 29 and 90 days present more of a controversy in the literature. At minimum, infants 1 to 2 months of age will have blood and urine cultures performed, while the lumbar puncture is dependent on their individual risk stratification. Workup for infants 2 to 3 months of age will be completely dependent on risk stratification.

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