Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sepsis review from Hospital Physician

This review on the diagnosis and management of sepsis from the June 2007 issue of Hospital Physician covers multiple aspects of treatment including practical application of the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines.

Of special note, the section on early goal directed therapy (EGDT, the Rivers protocol) emphasizes the underappreciated point that EGDT is time dependent. As such it is an emergency department protocol which commences as soon as severe sepsis or septic shock is recognized, and is carried out during the first 6 hours. The article appropriately cautions that EGDT should not wait until arrival in the ICU.

This caveat is supported by largely forgotten evidence that goal directed therapy which commenced in the ICU (late goal directed therapy, when a pulmonary artery catheter could be inserted) was ineffective.

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