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Featured in Journal Watch: Preventing Death from Septic Shock in Cirrhosis
By The Journal Watch Editors
Inappropriate initial antimicrobial therapy was associated with a nine-fold increased risk for death among a cohort of patients with cirrhosis and septic shock. Even if the proper antibiotic was administered — but late — mortality also increased, but modestly, according to an international study appearing in Hepatology.
Atif Zaman comments: "Early identification and aggressive management with broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents should lead to improved hospital survival in this population."
Published in Physician's First Watch February 4, 2013
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