This episode is a total revamp of the previous episode on sepsis. If you go back to the original post on Sepsis, you’ll also find it replaced as well with this new episode.
A lot has changed with sepsis management since I published the sepsis episode in February 2012 so it was time for a complete overhaul. The new sepsis guidelines have been out for about a year and I finally got around to updating the episode. The new Surviving Sepsis Guidelines also just came out in a few months ago and those recommendations are included as well. This episode will discuss the recognition of sepsis, how to do a good physical exam and ask the right history questions, order the right tests, and aggressively resuscitate these very sick patients.
There is also a separate episode that discusses the old sepsis definitions and how you can use that framework to recognize sepsis.
Links mentioned during the show:
The original Rivers Trial
Primary Literature- Free Open Access
Blogs/podcasts discussing the new Sepsis Guidelines
Ashley Shreeves on Palliative Care in the ED (amazing talks- a must listen)
-Emcrit (Talking with families)
-Emcrit (Nuts and bolts of Critical Care Palliation)
ARISE, PROMISE, and PROCESS Trial Analyses
Peripheral Pressor Safety and Extravasation
Intubation in Sepsis- low dose sedatives, high dose paralytics
Note: If there are any other good resources out there that you think should be included, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll include them.
Don’t forget about our bandwidth sponsor, EB Medicine. Check out there numerous resources on ED sepsis care and critical care as well. Residents can get free access and attendings can get a discount at the EM Basic EB Medicine page.