Quote from jennifers
I had a pt this week that kept having a body temp of 95.0. She also had a lot of pitting edema. Are these related? I'm a tech and learning. I informed the nurse but it took 11 hours before she called the dr and got a diuretic for her. I guess when I told her how much the pt had gained weight wise she got the hint. I had already told her about her outputs... they were low. She was holding onto all the fluid. Anyway, i was wondering if this has something to do with our body temp? Like if it has to work harder to keep all the excess fluid at body temp? She was freezing to the touch. Also, do obese people have higher or lower body temps? Maybe body has to work harder so its putting out more heat? or is it related? Thanks for listening to me ramble..hopefully someone can help me out.
Many elderly patients run a lower than average normal core body temp (I'm assuming this lady is elderly, but correct me if my assumption is wrong). They have a more difficult time maintaining a "normal" temperature due to decreased circulation and numerous other health factors.
In some cases, they won't even run fevers during infections until the infection has progressed to sepsis, which is why in elderly patients we're taught to watch for behavioral changes, urine odor, decreased output, and loss of appetite as possible warning signs of infection.
Also, take into account where the temp was taken: was this an oral, tympanic, or forehead temp, or was it an axillary temp, which is generally 1 degree lower than a PO temp?