We are Complicit – A glimpse into the current state of Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Quality Measures

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So... I spent the afternoon wading through the proposed CMS sepsis measure. Anyone who has any experience with national quality measures understands just how painful a way this is to waste a few hours. Here is the issue: You and I have a pretty clean definition of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A suspected infection with >=2 of the SIRS criteria along with a … [Read more...]

Surgical Intensive Care Unit Orientation

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EM Residents should rotate in a SICU. If your program doesn't send you through, it probably is worth an elective and a major trauma center. My friend, Rich Savel, has created a couple of videos to orient his rotators to the unit. I think they would be valuable for any resuscitation resident. Additional Resources for SICU Education coming soon... … [Read more...]