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A case of obstetrical sepsis

Quick action results in a positive outcome. By Debra A. Hrelic, PhD, RNC Takeaways: In sepsis, tachycardia and tachypnea are a response to an increased metabolic rate and the…

Better safe than sepsis

Tips for a hospital sepsis prevention program Takeaways: The Surviving Sepsis Campaign international consensus guidelines summarize best practices based on the medical literature, but they don’t illustrate how…

Connecting the dots leads to suspicion of sepsis

Maria Espinoza, age 45, is recovering on the medical-surgical unit 2 days after a decompression fasciotomy for compartment syndrome of her right thigh, following a quadriceps muscle tear…

Helping patients survive sepsis

In its early stages, sepsis can be difficult to detect. Learn about the sometimes-subtle signs and symptoms.

How to recognize and intervene for pediatric sepsis

A life-threatening, life-altering emergency, sepsis can have catastrophic effects. When the condition progresses undetected, it can lead to multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and death. Mortality ranges from 9% to…
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Probiotics may prevent sepsis in infants

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial reported in Nature notes that combining a probiotic with fructo-oligosaccharide significantly reduces sepsis and mortality in newborns in rural India at a cost…

Sepsis beyond the hospital

Nurses are on the frontline of preventing sepsis in the community. Takeaways  Nurses who work in community settings play a significant role in sepsis education and public awareness. …

Sepsis identification: A race against time

Nursing assessments and recognition of risk factors aid prompt recognition and treatment.  Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to infection causes organ injury.…

Sepsis navigators and hospital outcomes

Without timely intervention, sepsis (a life-threatening medical emergency that occurs when an infection triggers a chain reaction) can result in tissue damage, organ failure, and ultimately death. Although…
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Sepsis protocol in action

A nurse’s quick action prevents progression to septic shock. Takeaways: Rapid and accurate identification of sepsis improves patient outcomes. The source of infection may not always be obvious,…

Sepsis signposts: Can you spot them?

Sepsis can show up in any setting. So even if you don’t work in a critical care unit, you need to know how to detect it. This article…

Study: Decreased sepsis mortality

A study published by Critical Care Medicine reports that in-hospital mortality rates for sepsis decreased from 47% between 1991 and 1995 to 29% between 2006 and 2009, a…

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