Code Sepsis: Rapid Methods To Diagnose Sepsis and Detect Hematopathogens. Part I: The Impact and Attributes of Sepsis

Donna M. Wolk, Albert B. Fiorello

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Abstract

Bloodstream infections are among the top causes of death in the United States, and substantial mortality is attributed to testing delays in determinating the microbial cause(s) and selection of the appropriate antibiotic. In this review, we summarize the human and financial impact of sepsis, as well as the predisposing factors, symptoms, and common modes of bacterial pathogenesis. We also detail important clinical and laboratory criteria for the diagnosis of sepsis and key aspects of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines as they relate to diagnosis, therapy, and resuscitation from the septic event. Clinical laboratories must expand their understanding of the complexities related to diagnosing and treating sepsis in order to expand their role as productive members of interdisciplinary health care teams focused on improving survival from sepsis and limiting the financial impact that sepsis imposes on our health care systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Microbiology Newsletter
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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