Sepsis and Septic Shock

***Important Update on Sepsis Guidelines***

SCCM and ACEP Release Joint Statement About the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Hour-1 Bundle 

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) acknowledge concerns expressed about the recently released Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) Hour-1 bundle and the appropriateness of implementation in the United States. Both organizations understand the importance of prompt and optimal sepsis diagnostics and treatment. SCCM and ACEP along with other involved international experts are organizing a meeting as soon as possible to carefully review the recommendations, and provide guidance on bundle implementation and care of potentially septic patients who present to emergency departments in the United States.

SCCM and ACEP recommend that hospitals not implement the Hour-1 bundle in its present form in the United States at this time. 



Strategies and Tools

Evidence-based protocols for rapid and effective treatment of patients identified with sepsis and septic shock have been effective in improving care and outcomes for patients with sepsis. The Washington State Hospital Association, in an effort to provide additional guidance and support, provides education and training events throughout the year – bringing in local and national experts to share their research and knowledge about best practice.

Sign up for the Sepsis Coordinator Network! 

The Sepsis Alliance created the Sepsis Coordinator Network to provide sepsis best practice resources and guidance to sepsis coordinators. This is a free resource. Check it out!!

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Best Practice Guidelines

  • Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines (SCCM):
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP):
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM):
    • THRIVE Initiative
    • SCCM seeks to improve patient and family support after critical illness.


  • CDC: Get Ahead of Sepsis:
    • Resources for patients and healthcare professionals
  • Health Research & Educational Trust:
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement:
  • Surviving Sepsis Campaign:
  • Sepsis Alliance:


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