[Acute infectious emergencies in adults in medical practice]

Evison, J; Täuber, MG; Mühlemann, K (2005). [Acute infectious emergencies in adults in medical practice]. Therapeutische Umschau, 62(6), pp. 351-7. Bern: Huber

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Infectious diseases belong to the most frequent reasons to seek emergency care. Life-threatening infectious emergencies, which require rapid diagnosis and hospitalisation, are, however, rare. Leading signs and symptoms are high fever combined with rapidly deteriorating general conditions, hypotonia, tachycardia, tachypnea, dyspnea, confusion, headache, or petechia or information about asplenia, immunosuppression or recent travel to the tropics. Life threatening situations, such as suspicion of invasive meningococcal infection or bacterial infection in an asplenic patient, septic-toxic shock, and acute bacterial meningitis with delayed hospitalisation require rapid start of empiric antibiotic therapy in the outpatient practice. In addition, acute infectious emergencies comprise situation for which post exposure prophylaxis is indicated.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Infectiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute for Infectious Diseases

UniBE Contributor:

Evison, John Marc and Täuber, Martin G.

ISSN:

0040-5930

ISBN:

15999931

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:59

Last Modified:

04 May 2014 23:17

PubMed ID:

15999931

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/25669 (FactScience: 60436)

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