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Emergency Drug & Fluid
Septic children may present with:
Note: The type of shock may change during resuscitation and needs to be continuously reassessed.
Early recognition and antibiotic administration has been shown to improve survival.
Children at increased risk of severe sepsis include:
Fluid resuscitation should be judiscious; inadequate as well as excessive fluid resuscitation may be harmful.
If, after assessment, you do not think that the patient is septic, refer Febrile child guideline. If you are unsure whether a child may have early signs of sepsis, senior clinician (or paediatrician on-call) review is necessary.
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For emergency advice and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, call the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) Service: 1300 137 650.