• Sepsis in pediatric burn patients

    5 monthes ago - By Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

    Objective: To review the specific infections common in pediatric burns, including their categorization, diagnosis, and treatment.
    Design: Review of the literature and expert opinion.
    Results: Children with serious burns are prone to a host of septic complications. This proclivity to infection is secondary to the immunosuppressive effect of burn injury, the loss of the skin and mucosal physical barriers, and the requirement for invasive support devices.
    Conclusion: Sepsis is common in the pediatric burn patient and can markedly increase morbidity and mortality. Anticipation, prompt...
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  • Scope and epidemiology of pediatric sepsis

    Scope and epidemiology of pediatric sepsis

    5 monthes ago - By Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

    Objective: To summarize the scope and epidemiology of pediatric sepsis.
    Design: Review of published literature.
    Results: Sepsis is a leading cause of death in infants and children, with > 42,000 cases of severe sepsis annually in the United States and millions worldwide. Half of the children with severe sepsis in the United States are infants, and half of infants are low- or very low-birth-weight babies. Underlying disease occurs in 49% of U.S. children with severe sepsis. National hospital costs associated with severe sepsis in the United States were $2.3 billion in 1999. Relatively...
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