Severe sepsis in A&E
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Severe sepsis in A&E

Wayne Robson Consultant nurse for critical care, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire
Julian Newell Senior charge nurse, A&E department, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire
Sarah Beavis Consultant anaesthetist in intensive care, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire

In this article, the author clarifies the definition of sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock, describes the physiological changes that occur and the initial treatment used to improve patient outcome, and examines the concept of early goal directed therapy (EGDT).

Emergency Nurse. 13, 5,24-31. doi: 10.7748/en2005.09.13.5.24.c1194