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This guideline has been adapted for statewide use with the support of the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network
Emergency Drug & Fluid
Septic children may present with:
Note: The type of shock may change during resuscitation and needs to be continuously reassessed.
Early recognition and antibiotic administration has been shown to improve survival.
Children at increased risk of severe sepsis include:
Fluid resuscitation should be judiscious; inadequate as well as excessive fluid resuscitation may be harmful.
If, after assessment, you do not think that the patient is septic, refer Febrile child guideline. If you are unsure whether a child may have early signs of sepsis, senior clinician (or paediatrician on-call) review is necessary.
PDF version of assessment and management of sepsis algorithm
For advice and inter-hospital (including ICU level) transfers ring the Sick Child Hotline: (03) 9345 7007