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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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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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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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Study: Drug Shortage Associated with Sepsis Deaths

2017 21 Mar

Patients with septic shock admitted to hospitals affected by the 2011 shortage of the drug norepinephrine had a higher risk of in-hospital death, according to a study presented at the 37th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.See Also: New Strategy for Identifying Sepsis Arising in the ICUThe study, also published in JAMA,... 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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Surviving Sepsis Guidelines 2016 Update

2017 24 Jan

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign, an initiative of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the International Sepsis Forum, has released the 2016 Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines for the management of severe sepsis and septic shock. The document, published simultaneously in Critical Care Medicine... Read more

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Hydrocortisone in Severe Sepsis: HYPRESS Trial Results

2016 03 Oct

The results of the first randomised controlled trial investigating the effects of adjunctive early low-dose hydrocortisone to prevent progression to shock in patients with severe sepsis presenting without shock are published in JAMA today. There were no significant differences between treatment groups with regard to mortality or length of stay in the... Read more

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Study: Vasopressin vs. Norepinephrine in Septic Shock

2016 27 Sep

A multicentre trial investigating early use ‏of vasopressin compared to norepinephrine ‏to treat septic shock found no reduction ‏in the number of kidney failure-free days. The ‏results of the VAsopressin vs. Noradrenaline as ‏Initial therapy in Septic sHock (VANISH) trial ‏are published in JAMA (Gordon et al. 2016). ‏   Patients who had septic shock requiring... Read more

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Sodium Selenite Administration and Procalcitonin-Guided Therapy in Severe Sepsis

2016 09 Aug

A study was conducted to determine whether high dose intravenous sodium selenite treatment and procalcitonin-guided anti-infectious therapy in patients with severe sepsis affect mortality. The findings are published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Patients with severe sepsis suffer from oxidative stress that could contribute to multiorgan failure and death.... Read more