What are the treatment goals of sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Treatment of patients with septic shock has the following major goals:

  • Start adequate antibiotics (proper spectrum and dose) as early as possible

  • Resuscitate the patient from septic shock by using supportive measures to correct hypoxia, hypotension, and impaired tissue oxygenation (hypoperfusion)

  • Identify the source of infection and treat with antimicrobial therapy, surgery, or both (source control)

  • Maintain adequate organ system function, guided by cardiovascular monitoring, and interrupt the progression of MODS

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