PEM Source

Your source for all things Pediatric Emergency Medicine


To cath or not

(Click the link to comment and to vote – voting not working through email, sorry!)

Note: conundrums are not meant to have a “right” answer – they are to see how most people are practicing. Would love your comments also regarding your thought processes and the evidence behind your decisions. We can learn from each other!

Parents bring a 15mo old non-black uncircumcised well-appearing fully immunized male with 3 hours of fever and no other symptoms. His temperature is 39 C. You find no clear source for the fever on exam. It is wintertime and his siblings all have URIs but this patient has no cough or congestion. He has not had any prior UTIs. Do you catheterize him for urine to rule out UTI?

15mo old uncirc male fever to 39C x 3 hrs, wintertime, +ill contacts with URI. Do you catheterize the patient to rule out UTI?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

pemsou5_wp • February 28, 2020

Previous Post

Next Post


  1. Redgate February 28, 2020 - 3:30 pm Reply

    JDM with family discussing their risk tolerance and ability to follow up and health literacy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published / Required fields are marked *