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Table 1 Extract of the key recommendations and suggestions of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines [3]

From: The early antibiotic therapy in septic patients - milestone or sticking point?

Early quantitative resuscitation of the septic patient during the first 6 hours after recognition (1C)
Blood cultures before antibiotic therapy (1C)
Imaging studies performed promptly to confirm a potential source of infection (UG)
Administration of broad-spectrum antimicrobials therapy within 1 hour of the recognition of septic shock (1B) and severe sepsis without septic shock (1C) as the goal of therapy
Reassessment of antimicrobial therapy daily for de-escalation, when appropriate (1B)
Infection source control with attention to the balance of risks and benefits of the chosen method within 12 hours of diagnosis (1C)