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Tots “Too Hot!” – The Cute, The Bad and The Ugly of Pediatric Fever


Elevated temperatures in pediatric patients are some of the most common, and often frustrating types of calls in EMS. Are the parents over-reacting? Are we under-reacting? This presentation illuminates what causes fever, how it can help or harm a child, what problems it can cause or be caused by, how to differentiate critical vs benign fever and how to choose the best care for pediatric patients with elevated temperature.

Teaching Formats:



-Question and Answer

Learning Objectives: Students will learn:

  • Normal and abnormal thermoregulation in pediatric patients.
  • Obtaining accurate thermometry through a variety of methods.
  • Differentiation of exogenous vs endogenous pyrogens.
  • Clinically compare / contrast “Febrile Seizure” vs “Seizure with Fever”
  • Special concerns for pediatric fever including patients with sickle cell disease, poor cardiac reserves, poor respiratory function and immune-compromised or immunosuppressed patients.

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