New Septic Shock Definition

The new Sepsis and Septic Shock definitions were presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Critical Care Congress and were published online in JAMA

New Sepsis Definition:

  • Sepsis should be defined as life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection

Septic Shock is sepsis and any of the following:

  • Vasopressor requirement to maintain a mean arterial pressure > 65 mm Hg
  • Serum lactate level greater than 2 mmol/L (>18 mg/dL) in the absence of hypovolemia.

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