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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

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Algorithm Helps Predict Patients' Deadly Sepsis

2015 07 Aug

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new computer-based method that can help clinicians identify hospital patients at risk of septic shock. The method correctly predicts septic shock in 85 percent of cases, without increasing the false positive rate from screening methods that are currently used, according to a study published in... Read more

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New Tool for Severe Sepsis, Septic Shock Diagnosis

2015 04 Jan

A new study, published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, aimed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of an electronic alert system in detecting severe sepsis or septic shock in ED patients. The study was carried out at a tertiary academic medical centre in Saudi Arabia. The results showed high specificity and sensitivity and negative... Read more

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Septic Shock: Readmission Rates Above Average

2014 06 Nov

Most patients now survive a hospital stay for septic shock, although 23 percent of these patients will return to the hospital within 30 days, according to a new study. The number is noticeably higher than the normal readmission rate at a large academic medical centre, researchers reported. The study findings have been published in Critical Care Medicine.Septic... Read more