Postoperative fever is an extremely common finding and therefore an extremely common topic for med students to be pimped on. Fever is found in as many as 91% of post-op patients. It is most often benign and self-limited and a normal physiologic response to the trauma of surgery. However it can be due to a variety of causes, some benign and some life threatening.
- Ws mnemonic
- POD 1-2: Wind– Pneumonia, Aspiration, PE (NOT ATELECTASIS…listen to podcast for more details)
- POD 3-5: Water– UTI
- POD ~5: Walking– DVT, PE
- POD ~7: Wound– Surgical Site Infection
- POD >7: What we did– Line infections of drug/blood product reactions at any time
- POD >10: Wonder Where?- Deep Abcess