Evolution of Sepsis Care: 20 Years After Early Goal-Directed Therapy

Evolution of Sepsis Care: 20 Years After Early Goal-Directed Therapy

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Recorded On: 09/29/2021


In 2001 the New England Journal of Medicine published a landmark study on Early Goal-Directed Therapy that changed the landscape of sepsis care not only in the United States but worldwide. On this important anniversary in sepsis care, Dr. Emanuel Rivers the lead author of the Early Goal-Directed Therapy study will look back to give a historical perspective of the last two decades, including key players, evolving research and clinical practice guidelines, the first national sepsis measure, and the controversial issues and debates that continue to this day. 

Target Audience: 

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.

Emanuel Rivers, MD, MPH

Attending Staff / Clinical Professor

Henry Ford Hospital / Wayne State University

Dr. Rivers is an emergency medicine and critical care specialist. He is Vice Chairman and Director of Research in Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. He is also a Clinical Professor at Wayne State University. Dr. Rivers has been at the forefront of sepsis research and care for many years and has published several articles on sepsis diagnosis and management. His landmark paper, published in November 2001, supported and expanded early goal directed therapy. This improved early sepsis care to hospitalized patients who had signs of severe sepsis or septic shock worldwide. This approach also expanded the hospital landscape to include patients from the emergency department, general practice floors, and the critical care unit. Facilities across the country and around the world took notice of this concept and adapted it to suit their needs and save lives.  

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