Shock protocol in ED leads to faster, better patient care

05/24/2011 | Medscape (free registration)

Emergency departments that use septic shock protocol and care guideline for children identify and treat shock sooner, which leads to better patient outcomes, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City said key improvements were found in triage vital sign recording, fluid resuscitation and prompt use of antibiotics. "Consistent successful treatment of septic shock cannot begin in the ICU for patients who present to the ED in shock; it must begin at the time of triage in the ED," the authors wrote.

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