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Physiology of fever

Physiology of fever Knowing how the body reacts to the presence of pathogens allows healthcare professionals to make informed decisions about what action to take in caring for the child with fever. A raised body temperature raises the metabolic rate and makes the immune response more efficient. It also stimulates naturally occurring anti-pyretics but can also have harmful effects. Careful monitoring based on risk of serious illness is recommended in new guidelines on the management of feverish illness in young children provide (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence ( NICE 2007 ), which also provide an opportunity for standardising fever management. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Paediatric Care Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Physiology of fever

Paediatric Care , Volume 19 (6) – Jul 1, 2007

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Publisher
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Copyright
©2012 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. All rights reserved. Not to be copied, transmitted or recorded in any way, in whole or part, without prior permission of the publishers.
Subject
CPD
ISSN
2046-2336
eISSN
2052-1251
DOI
10.7748/paed2007.07.19.6.40.c4450
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Abstract

Knowing how the body reacts to the presence of pathogens allows healthcare professionals to make informed decisions about what action to take in caring for the child with fever. A raised body temperature raises the metabolic rate and makes the immune response more efficient. It also stimulates naturally occurring anti-pyretics but can also have harmful effects. Careful monitoring based on risk of serious illness is recommended in new guidelines on the management of feverish illness in young children provide (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence ( NICE 2007 ), which also provide an opportunity for standardising fever management.

Journal

Paediatric CareRoyal College of Nursing (RCN)

Published: Jul 1, 2007

Keywords: Fever Body temperature Patient assessment These keywords are based on the subject headings from the British Nursing Index.

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