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Is fanning therapy effective in childhood pyrexias

Three Part Question

IN [Children presenting to A&E with an infection associated pyrexia] IS [fanning therapy plus antipyretics better than antipyretics alone] AT [rapidly reducing the temperature to normal range]

Clinical Scenario

A 3-year-old child attended A&E with high fever for 24 hrs. Examination showed congested throat, runny nose and red tympanic membranes. You make a clinical diagnosis of URTI ? viral. You prescribed antipyretic medicine but a fan was on near by child's bed. So you wonder whether any evidence that fanning will be of additional benefit to antipyretic therapy.

Search Strategy

Medline 1966- 03/2002 using the Ovid interface.
[(exp fever OR fever$.mp)] AND [(exp acetaminophen OR paracetamol$.mp)] AND [(exp fanning OR fanning$.mp)] AND [(exp Ibuprofen OR Ibuprofen$.mp)] AND [(exp analgesics, non-narcotics OR antipyretic$.mp)].LIMIT to Human, English and Children.

Search Outcome

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Clinical Bottom Line

There is no previous work to bring the evidence of fanning to enhance the effect of antipyretics.