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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 11, 2016

Act Fast and Think Sepsis

JAMA. 2016;316(14):1440. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.14249

Routine health care encounters offer clinicians a number of ways to reduce the risk of infections that may lead to potentially fatal sepsis, CDC researchers have reported.

Although most sepsis-reduction efforts focus on early recognition and treatment, the CDC examined patients’ demographic and clinical data to learn more about the syndrome’s epidemiology. The investigators reviewed medical records of 246 adults and 79 children diagnosed with severe sepsis or septic shock at 4 New York state hospitals during fiscal years 2013 and 2015.

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