Fever in sepsis: good, bad or ugly?
Paul Young discusses the history of our interpretation of fever in sepsis and why it may not be a bad thing. We talk about the upcoming HEAT trial which hopes to take us one step closer to seeing whether paracetamol is a beneficial treatment in sepsis. More information on HEAT is here.
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Papers that inspired this study include:
Brief history of antipyretic therapy
Fever: blessing or curse? A unifying hypothesis
The adaptive value of fever
Preparatory work for the HEAT study that’s been published includes:
The effect of antipyretic medications on mortality in critically ill patients with infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis
The effect of antipyretic therapy upon outcomes in critically ill patients: a randomized, prospective study
Fever and antipyresis in Infection: a review
Music excerpt is “Fever” by Peggy Lee which you can buy here
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