Viva 3

Paediatric scenario- a 9 month old baby with suspected intracranial sepsis

A previously healthy nine month old child has been brought in to the emergency department by his parents because he is ''unwell".He was initially very irritable, but is now lethargic and not feeding well.

His vital signs are : BP 95/35, HR 175, Respiratory rate 50 / min

He is lethargic.
Temp 38.2, His capillary refill is 4 seconds
Heart sounds are normal, chest sounds clear.He has a full fontanelle.
Interpret these findings.

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