Pediatric sepsis and septic shock
What is sepsis?
Sepsis is the presence of harmful bacteria and their toxins in tissues, typically caused by infection of a wound. If not treated quickly, organ failure can occur, leading to septic shock, low blood pressure and even death.
Children with sepsis or septic shock require a high level of care in the PICU. Our multidisciplinary team of pediatric critical care clinicians have extensive experience in treating children of all ages, from infancy to adulthood, with this condition. We use the most advanced treatments, including rescue therapy with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) when needed. In addition, our PICU team is engaged in ongoing basic science and clinical research, helping advance the understanding of sepsis and the optimal treatment.