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Paediatric sepsis: the race is on

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 26 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2152
  1. Anthony Cohn, consultant paediatrician
  1. Watford General Hospital, Watford WD18 0HB, UK
  1. Anthony.cohn{at}

Repeated studies show that most children who die of sepsis have presented to a doctor in the preceding 48 hours. The fear of every doctor working with children is sending home a child only for them to return moribund or worse, and every new paediatric trainee cites being able to recognise a sick child as one of the main goals of their …

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