As the Intensive Care specialist on call in a regional hospital, you are asked to assist in the management of a 3 week old infant who has presented in extremis to the Emergency Department.
There was a 2 day history of Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) symptoms, and poor feeding for the last 8 hours.
There were no problems at delivery. There is no family illness other than URTI.
On examination the following vital signs have been recorded: T 35oC, HR 189, RR 68
Child is pale, cold to touch with a thready pulse. The child is unresponsive to pain. There is no rash.
What is your assessment of this child ?
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