Earlier Antibiotics in ED Reduced In-Hospital Sepsis Deaths

From MedPage Today:

Earlier administration of antibiotics, but not intravenous fluids, was associated with lower in-hospital death rates among patients with suspected sepsis treated in New York state emergency departments following the adoption of statewide hospital mandates known as “Rory’s Regulations.”

The first-in-the-nation regulations requiring the early assessment and treatment of sepsis in the hospital emergency department setting were implemented in 2013, following the death of 12-year-old Rory Staunton from sepsis undiagnosed in a hospital ED until it was too late to save him.

The study findings support the association between time to treatment and outcome among patients with sepsis or septic shock treated in emergency departments under the statewide initiative, said researcher Christopher W. Seymour, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


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