The following is our recommended approach to treating sepsis in hospital and outpatient settings. It is provided as guidance to healthcare providers worldwide and should only be used by medical professionals in formulating their approach to sepsis. Patients should always consult with their providers before starting any medical treatment.
Sepsis is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when an infection triggers an extreme response in the body. If not treated in time, sepsis can rapidly lead to organ failure, tissue damage, or death. Estimates indicate that 1 in 5 deaths worldwide is associated with sepsis.
Sepsis can be treated in both hospital and outpatient settings. Some general principles apply to both options, as follows:
- Sepsis is a time-sensitive disease. Waiting until the diagnosis is confirmed will lead to excess morbidity and mortality.
- Treatment should begin immediately upon suspicion of sepsis — with antibiotics targeted to treat the suspected infection, as well as the therapies recommended below.
- If the patient is proven not to have sepsis, antibiotics can be stopped with no adverse effects.
- Source control is essential. Sepsis cannot be cured until the source of infection is removed.
- If a surgical source is suspected, providers should consult with the hospital emergency room, surgery, and/or Interventional Radiology.
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