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Patients undergoing chemotherapy will receive a pocket-sized fever card with instructions on how to assess temperature and the treatment they must seek if they develop a fever.
Febrile neutropenia is a life-threatening oncology emergency requiring immediate attention and treatment. Patients receiving chemotherapy (and their families) must be aware of this risk and act promptly when fever is detected.
The process for Fever Card use is as follows:
To order a supply of Fever Cards, please contact LRCP Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
If a patient presents with a fever of 38°C (100.4°F) or higher, they should:
Owen Sound Patients should refer to GBHS process for fever management.
After primary assessment in an Emergency Department, the local physician should contact the Oncologist/Hematologist on-call if the patient is seriously ill or guidance is required. Otherwise correspondence to LRCP is satisfactory upon discharge.
What is the purpose of the fever card?
The fever card reminds the patient and their family that Febrile Neutropenia may occur as a result of treatment. Information on the card directs the patient to seek immediate attention and gives providers information regarding further management.
How should the patient use the fever card?
The patient should keep the fever card readily available and refer to it if he/she develops a fever of 38°C. The patient should report to the nearest ER department and present the card to the triage nurse and/or attending physician.
Who is responsible for handing out the card?
The patient's primary nurse at LRCP is responsible for providing the patient with the fever card and educating them about how to use it.