sepsis workup


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sepsis workup

A colloquial term for the evaluation of a patient, esp. a neonate, with a fever, for laboratory evidence of severe infection. Common tests for febrile neonates include a complete blood count; blood cultures, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, and stool samples; and chest x-ray. Most neonates with a fever are given immediate treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics pending the results of cultures.
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each daily time point or patient-day) would be considered an independent clinical indicator to alert frontline neonatologists to perform sepsis workup before signs and symptoms became clinically apparent.
Taken together, the findings in the current study "are consistent with relative immaturity at 36-38 weeks (regardless of lung maturity), compared with 39-40 weeks, and lower threshold for admission to the NICU and for invasive sepsis workups (suspected sepsis)," the investigators wrote.