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Management of severe sepsis and septic shock in the Emergency Department: a follow-up survey
  1. Thomas Boon,
  2. Colette Coyle,
  3. Narani Sivayoham
  1. Correspondence to Dr Narani Sivayoham, Emergency Department, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw Road, London SW20 8QA, UK; Narani.Sivayoham{at}

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Emergency Departments (ED) have a pivotal role in managing patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.1 In our survey in 2006, 20.5% EDs in England were able to commence the pathway to Early Goal-Directed Therapy (EGDT).2 We repeated the survey in 2011 to evaluate any change in 5 years.

One hundred and eighty-five EDs were surveyed using a form similar to that in 2006. The data from 2006 was reanalysed. EDs satisfying four criteria were assumed …

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  • Contributors TB and CC obtained the list of departments, contacted each department and sent out the survey form to a named consultant in each department. They then collected the results and entered them on to an excel spreadsheet. NS designed the survey form and analysed the results. The article was written and corrected by all.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.