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Emergency medicine

A confused and febrile elderly man

Richard Sullivan, JEMMA CRANNEY, Gordian Fulde

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Abstract

When an elderly man presents with fever and confusion on a background of likely dementia, a thorough assessment is required to recognise the cause and respond appropriately and promptly. 

Article Extract

As a GP working the local emergency department, you often assess and treat elderly patients presenting with fever and confusion. Sepsis and delirium are important presentations in this age group and often coincide. Recognising and managing both conditions is important because they each have attributable morbidity and mortality. 

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