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Testing and treating within an hour of suspecting sepsis in children reduces deaths, shows study

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 25 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3242
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Use of a protocol that was based on testing for infection and treatment with antibiotics and fluids within one hour of recognising possible sepsis in children was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of death, a cohort study in New York state has shown.1

“No child should die from a treatable infection,” said study author Christopher Seymour, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He added, “This is the best evidence to date that prompt identification and treatment of suspected sepsis leads to better outcomes in children.”

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