by jessiegirl245 jessiegirl245 (New) New

I had a patient with a 4.1 WBC count. Obviously this isn't too low but he was receiving strong antibiotics for months recovering from a brain infection. Do I worry about the infection coming back or shrug it off due to antibiotics?

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

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The best place to get answers for this question are from the health care team providing care to the patient. They will have all the pertinent information needed.



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Just being as sick as you say he was would be enough to consume neutrophils. 4.1 falls pretty close to normal, too. But how does worrying about the infection "coming back" figure in to the picture? Did whatever organism that grew do so because of immunosuppression?