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Postoperative Fever, Post-operative Fever, Fever in the Post-surgical Patient, Postoperative Infection

  • Causes
  • Infectious
  1. Soft-tissue infection (including Necrotizing Fasciitis)
  2. Pneumonia
  3. Clostridium difficile
  4. Abdominal surgery complications (e.g. anastomotic leak or abscess)
  5. Urinary Tract Infection
  6. Infected Joint Replacement (or other infected prosthesis)
  7. Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBI)
  • Causes
  • Noninfectious
  • Evaluation
  1. Evaluate for Sepsis (Vital Signs, SIRS Criteria, Lactic Acid)
  2. Evaluate for source
    1. Labs (e.g. Urinalysis)
    2. Imaging (e.g. Chest XRay, Abdominal CT)
  3. Obtain cultures (Blood Cultures, Urine Culture)