A patient is diaphoretic with an axillary temperature of 102 F. The most appropriate treatment is?

  1. Diuretics
  2. Positive inotropic agents
  3. Antibiotics
  4. Morphine

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  1. Incorrect. There is no evidence of heart failure or fluid overload as a cause of the diaphoresis.
  2. Incorrect. There is no information leading us to suspect CHF.
  3. Correct. The patient’s diaphoresis and fever indicate a possibility of infection. Therefore, antibiotics are the correct response.
  4. Incorrect. There is no indication for Morphine.

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