Podcast #244: Fever in Sepsis

Author: Nick Hatch, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • A recent observational cohort study found that the biggest predictor for sepsis survival was fever. Those with higher fevers had better outcomes.
  • Some possible explanations for this finding are that high fevers indicate good immune response or that high fever cued providers to treat sepsis more aggressively.

References: Paul J Young,  Rinaldo Bellomo. Fever in Sepsis: is it cool to be hot?. 2014. Critical Care

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