Assignment Journal Article Critique The article I read was about bacterial meningitis, which is considered a life threatening medical emergency. I found this article to be educational. Bacterial meningitis in the United States is on the decline. Clinical sign and symptoms of bacterial meningitis are unreliable in distinguishing than the more common form of aseptic meningitis. To diagnose bacterial meningitis a lumbar puncture with cerebrospinal fluid analysis is recommended for all possible cases. Treatment for bacterial meningitis requires empiric antimicrobial therapy. The therapy is based on age and risk factors, but must be started quickly with anyone suffering from bacterial meningitis. Even if a lumbar puncture has not been performed it is still very important to start the antimicrobial therapy. Therapy needs to be started no matter the circumstances with the patient. Concomitant therapy with dexamethasone initiated before or at the time of antimicrobial
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