Category sepsis
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Initial Management of Sepsis

Reviewed and revised 17 September 2019 OVERVIEW Initial management of sepsis and septic shock involves consideration of: resuscitation early administration of appropriate antibiotics following blood cultures early source control judicious fluid resuscitation, avoiding excess fluids noradrenaline for refractory hypotension (septic shock) inotropes…

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Neutropaenic Sepsis

Febrile neutropaenia (or neutropaenic fever) is defined as: a single temperature measurement >=38.5C, or a sustained temperature >=38C for more than 1 hour; in a patient with a decreased absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of either <0.5 x 109/L, or <1 x 109/L with a predicted nadir of <0.5 x 109/L over the subsequent 48h
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Procalcitonin is the propeptide of calcitonin, a 116-peptide molecule with a molecular weight of 13 kDa. Procalcitonin has been studied as a sepsis biomarker, to help with diagnosing/ ruling out sepsis and to guide the initiation and cessation of antibiotics
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Septic encephalopathy

Septic encephalopathy is brain dysfunction mediated by the septic inflammatory response, independent of other co-existent causes such as liver or renal dysfunction
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Steroids and Septic Shock Literature Summaries

Bone R.C. et al (1987) “A controlled clinical trial of high dose methylprednisolone in the treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock” NEJM, 317:653-658 PMID 3306374 RCT n = 382 with sepsis and organ dysfunction methylprednisolone (30mg/kg) vs placebo-> no…