Improving evidence-based care for patients with pyrexia
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Improving evidence-based care for patients with pyrexia

Wendy Scrase Nurse, Bryn Llifon nursing home, Bangor
Siobhan Tranter Lecturer in nursing, School of Health Care Sciences, Bangor University

Fever or pyrexia is a common clinical condition which nurses treat regularly. Fever and hyperpyrexia are defined in this article with a physiological explanation for this adaptive response. Suppression of temperature elevation prevents the production of antibodies and inhibits cell repair. The aim of this literature review is to encourage nurses to support patients with pyrexia by meeting their subjective needs, providing comfort and avoiding complications.

Nursing Standard. 25, 29, 37-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.


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