Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that must be treated quickly in order for Ohio patients to have the best outcomes. However, an article is questioning the wisdom of a new protocol that calls for sepsis to be treated within one hour of a diagnosis.
According to the authors of the article, which was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the 2018 Surviving Sepsis Campaign care bundle could lead to misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments for patients. Doctors are supposed to use the bundle to quickly diagnose and begin treatment of sepsis patients in hospital emergency rooms. Once sepsis is recognized in a patient, the protocol sets a one-hour timeline for doctors to measure lactate levels, obtain blood cultures, administer antibiotics, and perform other necessary treatments. Previous guidelines had called for sepsis to be treated within three-hour or six-hour windows.