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<p>More than one-third of ED patients with septic shock reported only vague symptoms at presentation, according to the authors of a recent study of septic shock patients discharged from a large urban ED. These patients had delayed antibiotic administration and were at a higher risk of mortality compared to patients with explicit infection symptoms. Another recent analysis revealed that a faster completion of a three-hour bundle of sepsis care and quick administration of antibiotics — but not rapid completion of an initial bolus of IV fluids — were associated with lower risk-adjusted, in-hospital mortality rates.</p>

Vague Symptoms Trigger Sepsis Care Delays and Lawsuits