General Approach to Infectious Diseases in Emergency Medicine

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Health professionals practicing in emergency department settings must be cognizant of common and life-threatening infectious diseases that are encountered on a continual basis. The appropriate approach to initial evaluation, clinical diagnosis, and therapy is important in the care of such patients who present with various infectious diseases. The recognition of clinical clues, use of suitable diagnostic studies, decisions to hospitalize, the choice between oral and parenteral antimicrobial therapy, and disease reporting are key aspects of the emergency medicine approach to infectious diseases.

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