Hospital and Telephone Triage

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Debrief - Meningitis

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Headache and Neck Stiffness: Potential Signs of Meningitis


This patient presented with concerning symptoms related to a headache and neck stiffness.

Symptoms and Assessment

Chief Complaint: Headache of unknown cause

Associated Symptoms:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Photophobia (aversion to bright lights)

Diagnostic Consideration:

If a patient presents with headache, neck stiffness, and photophobia, it can indicate potential signs of meningitis.

Medical Evaluation

Initial Assessment:

  • Exclusion of trauma history
  • Isolation due to suspected meningitis
  • Monitoring of blood pressure and pulse for signs of compensation
  • Temperature assessment to detect fever

Types of Meningitis:

There are various types including bacterial, viral, and fungal forms.

Management and Isolation

Immediate Action:

  • Patient isolated in a dedicated room
  • Urgent evaluation by A&E doctor


Early recognition and isolation are critical in suspected cases of meningitis to prevent spread and ensure prompt treatment.