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Comment & Response
July 26, 2016

Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock

Author Affiliations
  • 1California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
  • 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
  • 3Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2016;316(4):457-458. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6374

To the Editor The Sepsis Definitions Task Force published a series of articles that proposed a new definition of sepsis and septic shock, including revision of the current definitions of severe sepsis and septic shock.1 Because the definitions of sepsis and septic shock are integral to the recently implemented Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sepsis measure (SEP-1: Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock), clinicians and hospital stakeholders have questioned how the proposed definitions may affect the SEP-1 measure specifications.

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