Definitions: Sepsis Versus SIRS

  • Jean-Louis Vincent
Part of the Perspectives on Critical Care Infectious Diseases book series (CCID, volume 2)


Definitions are an essential and necessary aspect of understanding in all walks of life, from basic language skills to complex scientific reasoning. Definitions serve to provide us with a precise statement of the nature, properties, scope, or essential qualities of a word, or more abstractly, of an event, concept or process. Definitions can be simple or detailed and the degree of definition will depend on its purpose. Importantly, definitions must not be viewed as inflexible, but, rather, must be able to be adapted and adjusted as new information and knowledge becomes available regarding the item in question.


Septic Shock Acute Pancreatitis Severe Sepsis Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome White Cell Count 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Louis Vincent
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Intensive Care, Erasme HospitalFree University of BrusselsBrusselsBelgium

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