Initial Emergency Department Diagnosis and Management of Adult Patients with Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock
Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, 07/06/2012
Perman SM et al. – Severe sepsis is a medical emergency affecting up to 18 million individuals world wide, with an annual incidence of 750,000 in North America alone. Mortality ranges between 28–50 % of those individuals stricken by severe sepsis. Sepsis is a time critical illness, requiring early identification and prompt intervention in order to improve outcomes. This observation has led to increased awareness and education in the field of Emergency Medicine; it has also led to the implementation of critical interventions early in the course of patient management, specifically Early–Goal Directed Therapy, and rapid administration of appropriate antimicrobials.