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    Title: Effect of age on febrile response in patients with healthcare-associated bloodstream infection
    Authors: Lu, Shu-Hua;Chen, Yee-Chun;Chang, Yue-Cune;Yen, Chung-Jen;Dai, Yu-Tzu
    Contributors: 淡江大學數學學系
    Keywords: Elderly;Fever intensity;Febrile response;Healthcare-associated bloodstream infection
    Date: 2013-09-01
    Issue Date: 2013-11-21 15:24:04 (UTC+8)
    Publisher: Philadelphia: Mosby, Inc.
    Abstract: Objective
    This study aimed to determine the effect of age on febrile response in patients with healthcare-associated bloodstream infection (BSI).

    This was a retrospective observational study using medical records as the primary source of data. Three indicators measured body temperature changes: basal body temperature (BBT), body temperature at infection onset (onset T), and maximum temperature (max T) during the infection period.

    In a sample of 230 patients there was no significant correlation between BBT or onset T and age. Max T was significantly correlated with age (r = −.191, p = .004). There was wide variation in onset T in all age groups.

    Age showed no effect on BBT and onset T, but blunted max T in patients with bacteremia. This variability in onset T in all age groups emphasizes the need for early recognition of subtle signs of infection and the need to use an individualized definition of fever.
    Relation: Geriatric Nursing 34(5), pp.366-372
    DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.05.009
    Appears in Collections:[Graduate Institute & Department of Mathematics] Journal Article

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