Sepsis - the silent killer
Streams: Critical Care
Sepsis kills 5 million people per year and is a contributing factor in up to half of all in-hospital deaths. Sepsis is the mechanism by which most deaths from infection occur, with a dysregulated immune system leading to organ failure. Sepsis may present insidiously, with organ dysfunction going unrecognised until it becomes irreversible. The challenges presented by sepsis include recognition and diagnosis, selection of initial antibiotic therapy and subsequent refinement and identification of who needs higher levels of monitoring and organ support. This talk will focus on meeting these challenges and highlight recent developments in sepsis diagnostics and therapeutics.
- Learn to recognise sepsis and distinguish it from uncomplicated infection
- Learn about the early investigations and management of sepsis
- Who needs to go to intensive care and what the intensivist wants from a referral
- Gain insight into the future of sepsis management and novel diagnostics which are becoming available