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The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Immediate Past-President, Craig Coopersmith, MD, FACS, FCCM, discusses the new sepsis definitions published in JAMA and unveiled during the 45th Critical Care Congress. Dr. Coopersmith is considered a leading expert in the field of sepsis and offers an in-depth analysis of newly published sepsis definitions, which were endorsed by more than 30 organizations representing a wide spectrum of professionals who identify and manage sepsis. Dr. Coopersmith is a Professor of Surgery, as well as Director of the Surgical/Transplant ICU and Associate Director at Emory Center for Critical Care. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. “The Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock” by Mervyn Singer et al was released by JAMA on February 22 in conjunction with the Joint SCCM/ESCIM Session: Sepsis Redefined. It was accompanied by several other JAMA and Critical Care Medicine articles meant to provide a conceptual framework to help patients, clinicians, researchers and hospitals apply the new definitions.
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