What is the definition of septic shock?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Septic shock  is defined as sepsis with hypotension requiring vasopressor therapy to maintain a mean blood pressure of more than 65 mm Hg and a serum lactate level exceeding 2 mmol/L (18 mg/dL) after adequate fluid resuscitation. [1] This has a greater risk of mortality and long-term morbidity.


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