I believe that a little fever is a good thing. My understanding is that it's our bodies' response in an effort to actually kill the offending organism. When patients have a fever, I'm cautious to immediately respond with acetaminophen. I believe it's best used when the patient experiences symptom-related discomfort . If the patient isn't at all disturbed by his fever (when A&O), I feel like it's not worth interrupting a perfectly decent immune process.
This gives me problems when I handoff a patient to an RN who asks, "well did you give APAP for the fever?" I don't feel as though they want to sit there and listen to my stance on fevers but I also don't want to seem as though I'm being irresponsible.
Am I wrong? Should I be automatically treating?