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Sepsis path goal directed therapy

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By Chad Cannon Icu pharmacist St. Vincent's Medical Center
Lindsay Lief, John Arbo, David A Berlin
In 2001, Rivers and colleagues published a randomized controlled trial of early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) for the treatment of sepsis. More than a decade later, it remains a landmark achievement. The study proved the benefits of early aggressive treatment of sepsis. However, many questions remain about specific aspects of the complex EGDT algorithm. Recently, 3 large trials attempted to replicate these results. None of the studies demonstrated a benefit of an EGDT protocol for sepsis. This review explores the physiologic basis of goal-directed therapy, including the hemodynamic targets and the therapeutic interventions...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
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