PEARLS FROM THE TORRES STRAIT AND NORTHERN PENINSULA AREA
Week 6.1 – Sepsis
Posted On March 7, 2018
What is it?
Sepsis is defined as life-threatening organ dysfunction secondary to an infection. Early recognition and early management of sepsis is critical. Sepsis kills more than breast or prostate cancer here in Australia. Have a look at this great summary video from JAMA on defining sepsis and septic shock.
Using qSOFA score
Calculate the qSOFA score for the simulated patient you saw in ED today using this qSOFA calculator (link below). Do you think this may have helped or changed your management?
Do you remember the sepsis six? We known that early recognition and early management of sepsis reduces mortality and morbidity. A good medical student and junior doctor will know these six early management steps – because you never know when you might see a patient who you identify as septic.
MD, BBioMed (Hons), DCH, DTM&H. Allison is an ACRRM Registrar currently working on Thursday Island. Her interests include public health, tropical medicine and medical education. You can find Allison on LinkedIn and Twitter (@Dr_Hempenstall).