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The Respirology team was consulted. A chest ultrasound was done urgently, and the fluid was drained with a chest tube. The chest ultrasound (presented below) showed a left pleural effusion with incomplete septa without debris in it. It also confirmed consolidation of the left lower lobe.
The patient went to the PICU on 1 LPM of O2 with a sat of 95%. He was switched from cefuroxime to ceftriaxone.
labs before going to the PICU were as follows :
Capillary Blood Gas: pH 7.48, pCO2 34
WBC 26, neutrophils 20, bands 0.5
108, platelets, 62 PT/PTT normal with increased fibrinogen and increased
D-dimers (>0.5 <1.0)
WBC 17280, neutrophils 91%, monocytes 9%
LDH 71328, protein 44.6, glucose < 1.1
dark brown, containing filaments
gram stain showed no acid fast bacilli
WOULD ANYONE HAVE DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY AT THIS POINT?