This short video explains how to recognize and take care of the septic patient in the Emergency Room. The important things to remember are that:
- Start therapy early – preventing death in the ICU depends on early and aggressive therapy in the Emergency Room.
- Trend your lactate! That’s a good marker for hypoperfusion
- Antibiotics within the first hour. Actually as soon as you recognize sepsis
You’ll also hear a dog longing for her owner in the background. I hope that’s not too distracting. Also if you want the PDF of this drawing (not sure why you would), you can get it right here.