Guidelines help doctors to identify sepsis earlierBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1108 (Published 24 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1108
- Susan Mayor
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 …