Search Tag: Sepsis

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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

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FDA Clears Test to Help Manage Antibiotic Treatment For Lower Respiratory Tract Infections & Sepsis

2017 22 Mar

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared the expanded use of the Vidas Brahms PCT Assay to help health care providers determine if antibiotic treatment should be started or stopped in patients with lower respiratory tract infections, such as community-acquired pneumonia, and stopped in patients with sepsis. This is the first test to use procalcitonin... Read more

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Volume 17 - Issue 1, 2017

2017 16 Mar

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Precision Medicine in Sepsis

2017 16 Mar

Multiple failed clinical trials testing immunomodulatory therapies for sepsis argue for a new approach. While precision medicine has been successfully implemented in other fields, testing it in sepsis poses challenges, which this review will discuss, along with potential implementation strategies.Sepsis has an estimated annual incidence of 1.3 million... Read more

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The Importance of Correctly Identifying Patients with Sepsis

2017 01 Mar

An Editorial in the journal Chest emphasises the need to develop highly accurate, flexible methods for identifying patients with septic shock to ensure these patients are appropriately treated and hospitals are reliably assessed for treating these patients. Sepsis is now the most costly hospital condition and the most common diagnosis among patients... Read more

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New Strategy for Identifying Sepsis Arising in the ICU

2017 14 Feb

A new methodology using administrative codes coupled to a SIRS screening protocol can help identify patients whose sepsis initially appears during their ICU stay, with up to 94 percent accuracy, according to a new study published in Journal of Critical Care.See Also: Surviving Sepsis Guidelines 2016 Update"We found that we could reliably identify a... Read more