Current Management of Sepsis

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According to the World Health Organization, sepsis is the leading cause of death in infants and children worldwide, with an annual mortality of 2.2 million.1More than 42,000 cases of severe pediatric sepsis occur annually in the United States,2,3and the majority of these patients are admitted through the emergency department (ED).4As front-line medical providers, it is essential that emergency physicians be familiar with the recognition and treatment of the septic pediatric patient.— Ann M. Dietrich, MD, Editor

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