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Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock

Sean R. Townsend, MD1; Emanuel Rivers, MD, MPH2; Lemeneh Tefera, MD, MSc3
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1California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
3Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2016;316(4):457-458. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6374.
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To the Editor The Sepsis Definitions Task Force published a series of articles that proposed a new definition of sepsis and septic shock, including revision of the current definitions of severe sepsis and septic shock.1 Because the definitions of sepsis and septic shock are integral to the recently implemented Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sepsis measure (SEP-1: Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock), clinicians and hospital stakeholders have questioned how the proposed definitions may affect the SEP-1 measure specifications.


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July 26, 2016
Clifford S. Deutschman, MD, MS; Mervyn Singer, MD, FRCP
1Center for Pediatric Research, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York
2Bloomsburg Institute of Intensive Care Medicine, University College London, London, United Kingdom
JAMA. 2016;316(4):458-459. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6389.
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