Sepsis definitions: The search for gold and what CMS got wrong

Annahieta Kalantari, Haney Mallemat, Scott D. Weingart

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On October 1, 2015, the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a core measure addressing the care of septic patients. These core measures are controversial among healthcare providers. This article will address that there is no gold standard definition for sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock and the CMS-assigned definitions for severe sepsis and septic shock are premature and inconsistent with evidence-based definitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-956
Number of pages6
JournalWestern Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine


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