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Meningococcal disease remains a major cause of mortality in children in the UK. Aggressive early volume resuscitation, meticulous attention to the normalisation of all physiological and laboratory parameters, and prompt referral to specialist paediatric intensive care may lead to a sharp reduction in mortality. Application of the management algorithm described in this article may be helpful to those involved in the early part of management of critically ill patients with meningococcal disease.

Type

Journal

Arch Dis Child

Publication Date

03/1999

Volume

80

Pages

290 - 296

Keywords

Algorithms, Child, Critical Care, Emergency Treatment, Humans, Meningococcal Infections, Neisseria meningitidis, Public Health, Respiration, Artificial, Shock, Septic