Focus On:  Sepsis

Throughout my experience in health care over the past 30 plus years, the diagnosis of sepsis has been one of the most challenging. Sepsis affects millions of people worldwide and one in four of the people affected will die. The way we recognize and treat sepsis has changed over the years, and in January 2017, the International Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016 was published. This update to the 2012 guidelines, emphasizes that patients with sepsis should be viewed as having a medical emergency, necessitating urgent assessment and treatment. This collection provides an overview of care for the adult patient with sepsis, focusing on sepsis identification and the first six hours of goal-directed treatment according to current guidelines and definitions. I encourage you to use this collection of articles to improve the way you provide care to patients with sepsis.

Sepsis: A Call for Action
Home Healthcare Now, April 2017​

Sepsis-3: The new definitions
Nursing2017 Critical Care, March 2017

Laboratory signs of sepsis [Infographic]
Lippincott NursingCenter, March 2017

The Subtle Signs of Sepsis [Infographic]
Lippincott NursingCenter, December 2016

CE Sepsis in Pregnancy: Identification and Management 
Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, June 2016

Making Sense of the Updated Sepsis Definitions
Lippincott NursingCenter, March 2016

Evolving Management of the Cancer Patient With Sepsis
Oncology Times, May 2016

Sepsis and Septic Shock: Lingering Questions
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, January/March 2016

With kind regards,
Chief Nurse
Wolters Kluwer,
Health Learning, Research & Practice

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