This is a topic podcast on sepsis. This is a hot topic in emergency medicine and we are usually the front line in the fight against sepsis. Ever since the Rivers sepsis article emergency department physicians, nurses, techs, and even prehospital providers have played a much larger role in instituting early aggressive therapy for patients with sepsis. This podcast will go over the basics of sepsis (you may be surprised to know that a patient with strep pharyngitis and fever technically meets criteria for sepsis) and reviews the basics of how to aggressively treat severe sepsis and septic shock.
Before you go any further, if you haven’t read this article already, take a few minutes and read the original Rivers sepsis article form the New England Journal of Medicine that changed the game in regards to Emergency Department management of sepsis. Here is the full text link (free access):
Rivers NEJM sepsis study
Check out the latest guidelines and literature on sepsis at the Surviving Sepsis campaign website
Also mentioned in the podcast is a new trauma blog that I’ve started following. It’s called the Trauma Professionals blog and it is written by Dr. Michael McGonigal, a trauma surgeon in Minnesota. Each post goes through a trauma topic with supporting primary literature. If you are looking to expand your knowledge on advanced trauma topics, this is the blog to go to.
The Trauma Professional’s Blog
Finally- an abstract on EM Basic was accepted for a poster presentation at the CORD-EM conference in April. Another abstract is pending for the SAEM meeting in May
Here are the links to the podcast and the show notes
Sepsis show notes (Word format)
Sepsis show notes (PDF format)