Six relevant lectures during Sepsis Awareness Month

In 2011, the Sepsis Alliance declared September Sepsis Awareness Month. For the past several years, the organization has invited individuals, outside organizations and healthcare professionals to help save lives by raising awareness of the often fatal disease, which remains the leading cause of death in US hospitals.

With more than 200,000 cases in the United States each year, the life-threatening, infection-related condition known as sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight infection also cause a “chain reaction” of inflammation throughout trigger body. This can then lead to a spate of changes that damage multiple organ systems, causing organ failure or death.

Infections that lead to sepsis typically develop first in the lungs, urinary tract, skin, or gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, low blood pressure, and mental confusion. Various stages of sepsis include severe sepsis and septic shock, and effective treatment of all stages includes antibiotics and intravenous fluids.

To further promote awareness and more effective management of sepsis in children and adults, we’ve put together a quick overview of six AudioDigest talks that address this critical condition.

1. Management of Abdominal Sepsis (GS) by Ali Mallat, MD

Dynamic and dangerous, sepsis can attack and deeply damage a number of organs and organ systems. This 19-minute presentation by Ali Mallat, MD lists first steps in the management of patients with abdominal sepsis and outlines the appropriate management of oliguria in postoperative patients with abdominal sepsis. dr Mallat notes that intra-abdominal infections are the second leading cause of severe sepsis in patients today. Topics such as prognostic factors, first aid, intraoperative care, damage control surgery and resuscitation are discussed in detail.

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Listen to how Dr. Mallat speaks more about the effective management and treatment of abdominal sepsis.

2. The Critically Ill Newborn: Evaluation for Sepsis (PD) by Matthew A. Saxonhouse, MD

Although sepsis is primarily a condition that affects older Americans (and most commonly in hospitals), it also affects children. This in-depth, 51-minute talk by Matthew A. Saxonhouse, MD, dives deep into diagnosing a critically ill newborn, managing suspected bacterial sepsis in children, and selecting an appropriate treatment for a child with suspected herpes simplex Virus. The critical conversation helps listeners identify and appropriately place infants in a facility that can effectively manage and save their lives. This talk also offers compelling case studies on these critical sepsis-centric issues.

Listen as Dr. Saxonhouse speaks more about relevant and critical topics such as perinatal (HSV), enteroviruses, urea cycle disorders, laboratory studies for IEMS, congenital heart disease and heart disease in the newborn.

3. An Evidence-Based Review of Sepsis Management in the Emergency Department (EM) by John C. Perkins Jr, MD

Sepsis is considered the most costly single disease to the US healthcare system, and data shows that as much as 50% of in-hospital deaths are due to sepsis. In emergency department (ED) sepsis cases, earlier and more aggressive detection and resuscitation not only saves lives, but also reduces costs and frees up hospital beds. This 55-minute presentation by John C. Perkins Jr., MD delves into this critical situation and highlights the costs associated with sepsis ($24 billion in 2013 compared to just $4 billion in 1997) , demographics (two-thirds of all cases are in adults aged 65 and over), and more.

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Listen to how Dr. Perkins talks more about in-hospital mortality, resuscitation interventions, and other important topics in sepsis-ED.

4. 2021 NEJM Journal Watch Audio General Medicine: December Week 4 (EM): New Surviving Sepsis Guidelines

Like all medical conditions, the treatment of sepsis is essentially “governed” by a set of rules, regulations, and guidelines. This 46-minute collection from NEJM Journal Watch Audio General Medicine delves deep into a range of topics related to the new survival sepsis guidelines. Hear additional insights into hot topics such as initial fluid bolus, resuscitation, balanced crystalloid solution, vasopressor administration, physical, cognitive and emotional follow-up and more.

Listen to the collection of NEJM Journal Watch Audio General Medicine.

5. 2021 NEJM Journal Watch Audio General Medicine Volume 32 Issue 8 Part 3: COVID-19/Appendicitis/Sepsis

NEJM Journal Watch Audio General Medicine has always been a rich source of discoveries, advances and developments in medicine and healthcare, and has also taken a closer look at sepsis in relation to other relevant and serious conditions. Listen to just over 11 minutes of additional insights on hot topics like predictors of long COVID-19, appendicitis and more.

Listen to this summary series narrated by Carole Wyland and Tom Linden, MD.

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6. Sepsis Update (EM, HP, IM), by Adam J. Singer, MD

Finally, this 27-minute talk by Adam J. Singer, MD, provides a detailed, easily digestible summary of sepsis and septic shock—while also educating the listener on the proper delivery of early, targeted therapy for critically ill patients. The presentation will also discuss Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores, which help identify patients who are at risk of worsening to severe sepsis. Some of the updates discussed here include deleting the terms SIRS and Sepsis 3.

Hear how dr. Singer talks more about related, red-hot topics like lactate, vasopressors and antibiotics.

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We trust that these sepsis-focused lectures, if listened to in full, will provide helpful definitions and overviews of state-of-the-art diagnosis, management, treatment, and case studies of this challenging and all-too-common condition. Remember that early intervention is imperative when dealing with critically ill sepsis patients.

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