Research Article

Management of septic shock.

BMJ 1993; 306 doi: (Published 19 June 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;306:1661
  1. J D Edwards
  1. University Hospital of South Manchester.


    There have been important advances in the resuscitation of patients in septic shock in recent years. Survival can be improved by earlier recognition and therefore eradication of the sepsis combined with logical supportive measures. As with any acutely ill patient consultation with intensive care unit staff may be useful. Consultation with the intensive care unit does not necessarily imply the need for admission and mechanical ventilation; helpful advice may be forthcoming. Equally, referral to the intensive care unit does not mean an admission of failure but merely a recognition that additional skills and technical facilities are necessary for the patient's survival.