What are the priorities of resuscitation in 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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The major focus of resuscitation is on supporting cardiac and respiratory functions. The other organ systems may also require attention and support during this critical period. Patients generally require intubation and assisted ventilation because respiratory failure either is present at the onset of illness or may develop during its course. Correction of the shock state and abnormal tissue perfusion is the next step in the treatment of patients with septic shock.


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