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Could Antibiotics Upon Presentation Have Prevented Asplenic Patient's Death?

The Case

The patient presented to the hospital emergency department (ED) with fever, body ache, headache, nausea and vomiting. She had a history of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) and splenectomy. Her vital signs at triage were T 101.6, P 166, R 66, B/P 114/62. Her acuity level was considered emergent/urgent. According to the nursing staff, the patient appeared to be very ill. Two …


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