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March 13, 2013

Guideline Promotes Early, Aggressive Sepsis Treatment to Boost Survival

JAMA. 2013;309(10):969-970. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1295

A new guideline aims to boost sepsis survival rates by reminding physicians to treat suspected cases early and aggressively and refining targets for such therapy (http://www.sccm.org/Documents/SSC-Guidelines.pdf).

The guideline was created as part of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (http://www.survivingsepsis.org/), a 10-year-old initiative directed by US and European critical care specialists working to reduce sepsis deaths by improving care for the potentially fatal condition. Thirty clinical organizations from around the world, including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American College of Emergency Physicians, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and Society of Critical Care Medicine, collaborated on the guideline. It replaces recommendations issued in 2008.

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