Management of Septic Patients

  • Paul Ellis Marik


The American College of Chest Physicians/Society of Critical Care Medicine developed a set of terms and definitions to define sepsis in a more precise manner. The term systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) was coined to describe the systemic response to a wide variety of insults and characterized by two or more of the following clinical manifestations:
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    A body temperature of >38°C or <36°C

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    A heart rate of >90 beats/min

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    Tachypnea, as manifested by a respiratory rate of >20 breaths/min

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    A WBC count of >12,000 cells/mm3, or <4000 cells/mm3 or the presence of >10% immature neutrophils



Septic Shock Severe Sepsis Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Septic Patient Management Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Ellis Marik
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  1. 1.Critical Care MedicineMercy Hospital of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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