Statement on Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) Hour-1 Bundle

AAEM recognizes and acknowledges the statement released by SCCM and ACEP expressing concern over the release of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) Hour-1 Bundle patient care guidelines. AAEM is in agreement that prompt, early recognition with early initiation of treatment of sepsis is a crucial aspect of care; however, AAEM is concerned that the guideline has not been reviewed by stakeholder organizations including emergency medicine, infectious disease, and others. AAEM hopes this step can be done as soon as possible, but at this time we cannot support and in fact oppose this Bundle until it is reviewed using a multidisciplinary approach involving other organizations. At this time we recommend that hospitals in the United States do not implement the Hour-1 Bundle.

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