Redefining Sepsis: An International Effort to Improve Patient Outcomes

02/22/2016 | UPMC Health Plans
UPMC and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine doctors have played a central role in a worldwide effort to redefine the number one killer of hospital patients; sepsis. In a series of articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an international task force updated definitions of sepsis and septic shock, which were last revised in 2001. The task force definitions were directly informed by research out of the Clinical Research, Investigation and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness Center at the Pitt School of Medicine and were funded in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health.