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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Emergency Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Laura Witte

Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Appropriate antibiotic administration times for sepsis patients in the Emergency

Department is a controversial topic. Good antibiotic stewardship and appropriate, pathogen targeted antibiotics are paramount in controlling antibiotic resistance and reducing negative patient side effects from unnecessary antibiotic administration. However, identification of the causative pathogen takes time and therefore makes appropriate antibiotic selection difficult in time-sensitive conditions.

The purpose of this article is to discuss current treatment guidelines on antibiotic administration times for sepsis patients in the Emergency Department and specifically examine the significance of delayed antibiotic administration after the first hour of presentation.

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