Physical Exam Key Points

1. Vital signs. Initial vital signs are helpful; however, they must be interpreted with consideration of underlying illness. Phlebitis is a local phenomenon and usually not associated with fever. Suppurative thrombophlebitis often causes fever and tachycardia.

2. Skin. Assess peripheral IV site for erythema, warmth, tenderness, edema, and a palpable cord. If any of these symptoms is present, remove catheter and assess for signs of a suppurative infection. Assess surrounding skin for signs of extravasated medication: marked tenderness, edema, and possibly skin breakdown surrounding catheter site.

B. Laboratory Data. None needed unless suppurative thrombophlebitis is suspected. In that case, obtain cBc, blood culture, and culture of catheter tip.

How To Deal With Rosacea and Eczema

How To Deal With Rosacea and Eczema

Rosacea and Eczema are two skin conditions that are fairly commonly found throughout the world. Each of them is characterized by different features, and can be both discomfiting as well as result in undesirable appearance features. In a nutshell, theyre problems that many would want to deal with.

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