How is a hemoglobin concentration used in the workup 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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Hemoglobin concentration dictates oxygen-carrying capacity in blood, which is crucial in shock to maintain adequate tissue perfusion. Although there is no specific hematocrit or hemoglobin target, keeping the hemoglobin concentration above 7 g/dL is usually practiced, and studies comparing this versus 9 g/dL have shown no increased survival benefit from either arm.


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