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Sepsis: getting the balance right

Public and professional understanding of sepsis has increased greatly in recent years. This has led to campaigns to diagnose sepsis early in the clinical course of the illness and to start treatment with antibiotics and fluid replacement promptly. But could this pressure to improve sepsis management be counterproductive and lead to overdiagnosis of sepsis? This was the argument made by the authors of a recent letter to the Lancet.

One problem arising from overdiagnosis of sepsis is the overuse of broad spectrum antibiotics, says Paul Morgan in an Editorial to the BMJ. Another concern is that the emphasis on the early treatment of sepsis detracts from the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of other acute illnesses. 

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Source: BMJ, 28 November 2019


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