Tag Archives: Sepsis

Where does sepsis come from?

One of the findings of the recent SIFT trial was that although the babies in the fast feeding group had shorter duration of parenteral nutrition, TPN, (and presumably of central lines), they did not have less late-onset sepsis, LOS. Why … Continue reading

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RCTs prevail: Antibiotic impregnation of central lines doesn’t reduce sepsis.

In older children and adults who need central venous access, using catheters impregnated with stuff that kills bugs decreases invasive sepsis rates. A multicentre trial in English PICUs showed a reduction in sepsis from 4% to 1% when antibiotic impregnated … Continue reading

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Clinical evaluation vs Technology

Two recent trials in adult ICU patients ask very interesting questions, questions which are only linked by testing something clinically simple versus a more technologically demanding evaluation. The first was comparing the use of serum lactate concentrations versus capillary filling … Continue reading

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Prebiotics and preterms and probiotics.

A selection of recent publications, regarding the issues in the title, that I find interesting and which seem to tell a consistent story. From Nick Embleton’s group the following interesting study (Stewart CJ, et al. Longitudinal development of the gut … Continue reading

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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, does it make you feel like a DIC?

Influenza is crap. Especially when you get it even though you have had the vaccine! The break in blog posts has been due to an assortment of viral illnesses, culminating in the “flu” and then followed by spring break, followed … Continue reading

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Recent publications

Even though the blog has been quiet recently, other academic output has continued… In the NICU we are often faced with babies with late- or early- onset sepsis. The worst cases develop shock, which carries a significant mortality; they may … Continue reading

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Antibiotics are dangerous, unless you actually need them.

In response to my previous post Claus Klingenberg wrote a comment in which he mentioned a recent systematic review that he had published with a group of colleagues. This review of a small number of RCTs (9) and a larger … Continue reading

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