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Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines 2021

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Published: 10/4/2021

Critical Care Medicine: October 4, 2021

Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines 2021

Citation: Critical Care Medicine: October 4, 2021

International Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock 2021

Updated global adult sepsis guidelines, released in October 2021 by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC), place an increased emphasis on improving the care of sepsis patients after they are discharged from the intensive care unit (ICU) and represent greater geographic and gender diversity than previous versions.

The new guidelines specially address challenges to treating patients experiencing the long-term effects of sepsis are also addressed in the guidelines. Patients often have lengthy ICU stays and then face a long and complicated road to recovery. In addition to physical rehabilitation challenges, patients and their families often are uncertain how to coordinate care that promotes recovery and matches their goals of care.
To address these issues, the guidelines recommend involving patients and their families in goals-of-care discussions and hospital discharge plans, which should include early and ongoing follow-up with clinicians to support and manage long-term effects and assessment of physical, cognitive, and emotional issues after discharge.

Guideline Type: Clinical

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Category: Surviving Sepsis Campaign, Sepsis,

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A complete list of the guidelines authors and contributors is available within the published manuscript.