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Severe sepsis: international and specialty variations in initial management
© BioMed Central Ltd 2008
- Published: 13 March 2008
- Severe Sepsis
- Central Venous Pressure
- Multiple Choice Question
- Sepsis Patient
- Survive Sepsis Campaign
Four years after release of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines, doctors' approaches to early sepsis resuscitation are unknown. We sought to understand the strategies used in Australasia (ANZ), the United Kingdom and the USA.
In 2007 we invited members of the UK, US and ANZ intensive care, emergency medicine (EM) and, in the UK, acute internal medicine (AM) societies to answer an anonymous online questionnaire. Respondents described their management of a severe sepsis patient, with multiple choice questions based around eight decision nodes in the SSC 6-hour resuscitation bundle.
Despite 4 years of guideline dissemination, the SSC 6-hour resuscitation bundle is not well supported. Management varies between specialties and countries. Concerns relate to knowledge, attitudes and resources, and differ markedly between groups.
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