Ensuring early recognition and treatment of sepsis and septic shock

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Abstract

Sepsis is a syndrome with various non-specific symptoms and is notoriously difficult to diagnose, but any delay in treatment increases the risk of mortality. Recently revised definitions of sepsis and septic shock should aid early recognition and prompt treatment, but a quick and easy-to-use assessment tool is needed so health professionals in all settings are well equipped to detect sepsis promptly. This article reviews the latest developments and guidance around sepsis recognition.

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• The 1991 and 2016 definitions of sepsis and septic shock

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• Tools that can be used to ascertain the likely presence of sepsis

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• Why it is important to detect sepsis as early as possible

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