Guidelines help doctors to identify sepsis earlier

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 24 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1108
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

A fast respiratory rate, altered mental status, and low blood pressure are the three key symptoms that doctors can use to identify sepsis and start treatment earlier, a new global consensus1 has recommended. The consensus redefines sepsis and septic shock with the aims of making them easier to diagnose and of reducing associated deaths.

A panel of 19 sepsis specialists from around the world reviewed the available literature, epidemiological data, and expert opinion on how to differentiate sepsis from …

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