Search Tag: Sepsis

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The Rusty and Sweet Side of Sepsis

2017 21 Jun

Sepis affects approximately 18 million people worldwide per year. This corresponds to 1400 deaths per day. It is estimated that sepsis is the cause behind 135,000 and 215,000 casualties in Europe and the U.S. respectively. Related treatment costs accumulate to  €7.6 and €17.4 billion in these regions. A research team led by Miguel Soares at the Instituto... Read more

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Sepsis E-alert System with Response Team Improves Outcomes

2017 13 Jun

According to a new study, the use of a multifaceted intervention including an electronic sepsis alert (e-alert) system with sepsis response team was associated with improvement in care processes of sepsis and septic shock and patient outcomes. The findings are reported in the journal Annals of Intensive Care.Although sepsis is a leading cause of death,... Read more

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New Protocol Improves Sepsis Detection in Children

2017 12 Jun

Sepsis, a life-threatening condition, is difficult to identify accurately in children. Researchers in the U.S. have developed a two-stage electronic sepsis alert (ESA) to improve detection of paediatric severe sepsis in the emergency department. Using a combination of vital signs, risk factors and physician judgment, the ESA reduces missed sepsis diagnoses... Read more

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Antibiotics for Sepsis - Does Each Hour Really Count?

2017 31 May

"Each hour’s delay in initiating antibiotics costs lives" is a doctrine that has attained quasi-religious status. Like most (quasi-)religions this is founded more on faith and hope than hard fact, according to an article in press in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Article author Mervyn Singer, Professor of Intensive Care... Read more

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Sepsis Detection and Management: New KLAS Report

2017 28 May

Healthcare providers are increasingly turning to technology to detect sepsis and report on sepsis management. As most electronic medical record (EMR) providers do not offer easily deployed sepsis modules, healthcare providers report using solutions from infection control and surveillance vendors as well as specialised sepsis solutions. KLAS Research’s... Read more

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ATS 2017: Machine Learning May Help to Identify Sepsis Early

2017 24 May

Using electronic health records (EHRs) to identify patients in hospital at risk for sepsis is now possible using machine learning. Machine learning does not rely on rules, but is able to learn complex patterns in data without being programmed to do so. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Health System presented their study of a machine-learning... Read more

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ER Overcrowding Delays Sepsis Treatment

2017 22 May

Prompt antibiotic initiation is associated with improved mortality in sepsis and septic shock. However, new research shows that patients with sepsis, a life-threatening complication of an infection, had delays approaching one hour in being given antibiotics when seen in emergency rooms that were overcrowded. The findings were presented at the 2017 American... Read more

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Sepsis Survivors Experience Lingering Effects

2017 05 May

New research to be presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting shows that despite the fact that survival rates among children who develop sepsis have risen dramatically in recent years, recovery still remains a  long haul for these patients. Many of them continue to feel the physical, social and emotional effects long after they are discharged... Read more

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Vitamin C in Severe Sepsis Treatment

2017 17 Apr

A new study reported in the journal CHEST demonstrates the beneficial effects of high-dose intravenous vitamin C in reducing mortality in patients with severe sepsis. However, an Editorial published in the same issue of CHEST, calls for more studies to determine optimal dose of vitamin C in the critically ill population. See Also: Albumin Administration... Read more

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Sepsis-associated In-hospital Cardiac Arrest

2017 11 Apr

Sepsis-associated cardiac arrest is a relatively common occurrence with especially poor outcomes. A review paper, published in Journal of Critical Care, discusses the epidemiology of sepsis-associated in-hospital cardiac arrest in adults and children, the relevant physiology responsible for its pathogenesis and poor outcomes, and potential therapeutic... Read more