Etiologies of septic shock in a pediatric emergency department population

Nakia N. Gaines, Binita Patel, Eric A. Williams, Andrea T. Cruz

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Knowledge of pediatric sepsis etiologies is needed to optimize empiric therapy. A retrospective cross-sectional review of 428 children with clinically diagnosed sepsis found that 13% had lobar pneumonia, 12% bacteremia and 10% viral infections. No etiologies were found in 76%. Empiric antibiotic coverage of vancomycin/piperacillin-tazobactam/gentamicin for immunocompromised children and vancomycin/nafcillin/cefotaxime for previously healthy children would have covered all bacteremic children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1203-1205
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • emergency department
  • etiologies
  • pediatric
  • septic shock

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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