What are the treatment guidelines for 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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In 2004, the first set of formal treatment guidelines for septic shock were published. [75] These guidelines, known as the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, were formulated by an international consensus group that was composed of experts from 11 organizations, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). These guidelines are reviewed and updated periodically.

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines were last updated in 2012, and the current versions reflect the opinion of a reasonable approach to the treatment of septic shock. [11] The reader is encouraged to check the Sepsis Campaign’s Website periodically for new information. Specifically, with the recently large clinical trials in the management of septic shock completed, specific recommendations may be degraded.

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