A middle-aged man with cellulitis
As a GP working in both your own practice and the local emergency department, you commonly assess and treat patients of all ages with infections of the skin.
Late one evening, a middle-aged man limps into the emergency department. You note that he is pale and does not look well. His left leg is extremely erythematous. You immediately admit him to a bed in the emergency department. His blood pressure is 80/40 mmHg, heart rate 150 beats/minute and irregularly irregular, respiratory rate 28 breaths/minute and temperature 39.2oC.
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