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Sepsis, infection and children: what is the message?

In the absence of a nationally agreed paediatric early warning score, James Ashton discusses when to screen for sepsis in children
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In the absence of a nationally agreed paediatric early warning score, James Ashton discusses when to screen for sepsis in children

Sepsis is defined as a ‘ life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection ’. The trouble with sepsis is that anyone with an infection could potentially become septic. There is no single sign, and symptoms vary. In the care of children this is even more difficult.

Studies have been made of the relationship between early warning scores and sepsis escalation. Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care

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