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Emergency Drug & Fluid
Common pathogens in infants
<3 months of age:
Common pathogens in older children:
High risk groups include:
Septic children may present with:
In some settings fluid resuscitation may be harmful, and should be considered in the same way as any other intravenously administered medication, with the potential benefits and harms for the individual patient considered prior to administration.
In an unwell child, resuscitation should not be delayed by procedures such as urinalysis and lumbar puncture. These procedures should, however, be performed as soon as possible once the child has been stabilised.
For emergency advice and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, call the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) Service: 1300 137 650.
Last revised January, 2017