How is septic shock identified in patients with multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS)?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Ali H Al-Khafaji, MD, MPH, FACP, FCCP, FCCM; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Recognition of septic shock requires identification of features of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)—mental changes, hyperventilation, distributive hemodynamics, hyperthermia or hypothermia, and a reduced, elevated, or left-shifted white blood cell (WBC) count—along with the existence of a potential source of infection.


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