Nursing Management for Fever

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Nursing Management for FeverHyperthermia occurs when the body absorbs heat more than it can release. Excessively elevated body temperatures are considered medical emergency as it may life-threatening that can cause permanent disability and even death.

Hyperthermia is elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation that occurs when a body produces or absorbs more heat than it dissipates.

Hyperthermia can also be deliberately induced using drugs or medical devices and may be used in the treatment of some kinds of cancer and other conditions, most commonly in conjunction with radiotherapy.

Fever is one of the most common medical signs and is characterized by an elevation of body temperature above the normal range of 36.5–37.5 °C (97.7–99.5 °F) due to an increase in the temperature regulatory set-point. This increase in set-point triggers increased muscle tone and chills.

A fever is usually accompanied by sickness behavior, which consists of lethargy, depression, anorexia, sleepiness, hyperalgesia, and the inability to concentrate.

Other causes of fever infection can also be caused by a condition of toxemia, violence or reaction to drug use, also disturbances in central temperature regulation center (eg hemorrhage, coma). Basically to achieve the diagnosis of other causes of fever required: taking care of patients the disease history, physical examination, observation course of the disease, and evaluation of laboratory examinations and other support in a timely and holistic.

Some specific things to look for in a fever is way arising fever, long fever, daily nature fever, high fever and other symptoms of a complaint and join fever.

Have not been diagnosed with fever is a condition in which a patient developed fever continuously for 3 weeks with a body temperature above 38.3 ° C and still have not found the cause despite a week of intensive scrutiny by using laboratory and other supporting facilities.

Before rising to the current inspections, which are readily available for use such as ultrasonography, endoscopy or scanning, can still be checked several blood tests, breeding germs from body fluids / lesion surface or penetrating beam routine.

In the next stage can be thoughtful to make a more definite diagnosis through biopsy in suspicious places. Screening can also be done as angiography, aortography, or lymphangiography.

Hyperthermia related to the Infection Process

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Nursing Management of Hyperthermia

Fever Control

Temperature Regulation

Vital Sign Monitoring

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