OPTIMAL MANAGEMENT OF SEPTIC SHOCK

Rapid recognition and institution of therapy are crucial This condition, already the most common cause of death in US intensive care units, is expected to become even more common in the future.

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Stephen J. Fitch, MD, James R. Gossage, MD

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Postgraduate Medicine:

Volume 111 No. 3

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Clinical Focus

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DOI: 10.3810/pgm.2002.03.1133
Abstract: Septic shock is the most common cause of death in intensive care units in the United States, and its incidence is rising. This growth is most likely due to the increased use of invasive devices and immunosuppressive therapies, higher numbers of immunocompromised patients, and increasing antibiotic resistance. In this article, Drs Fitch and Gossage discuss the natural history and diagnosis of septic shock and optimal management, including optimization of organ perfusion, fluid therapy, and use of vasoactive agents. Optimal management of septic shock: rapid recognition and institution of therapy are crucial. Fitch SJ, Gossage JR. Postgrad Med 2002;111(3):53-66

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