Tag Archive: sepsis

World Sepsis Conference: #wsc18 an Online, Free, #FOAMed style conference this week. 5th/6th September.

There is no doubt that I love a conference. I’ll freely admit this. I love the travel, the connections and the opportunity to learn, but I also have anxieties about the inequality of conferences, notably international ones. Many people cannot…
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Are you PROcalcitonin? St.Emlyn’s goes bug-hunting.

At work the other day, someone mentioned that we could use procalcitonin to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections, particularly in the paediatric population. It was touted as the answer to that age-old question, “should I prescribe antibiotics for this…
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Holy Smokes! Batman, the SOFA and the Latest Sepsis Definitions

We can be a confused bunch when it comes to sepsis.  We have seen definitions, debates and controversies as to how we treat and what we treat.  Today a new definition was unleashed on the world and you can read…
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Maestrini, Frank, Starling, Guyton…….and Fluids at St.Emlyn’s

Intravenous fluids are one of the most frequently implemented interventions that we, as doctors, prescribe. We give maintenance fluids (not so frequently in the ED) and we give resuscitation fluids. Recently the results of the SPLIT trial were published and…
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How low can you go? Experiential learning at St.Emlyn’s

Some time ago I was teaching our foundation (most junior) doctors about sepsis with a focus on the interpretation of blood gases. The teaching session ran along the usual lines of normal ranges, basic physiology and a few cases for…
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