Shall We Continue to Talk About (or Use) SIRS in the Twenty-first Century?

  • J.-L. Vincent
Conference paper


Sepsis is a frequent cause of death on our intensive care units (ICUs) and despite advances in our understanding of the processes involved and elucidation of the inflammatory cascade, we remain no closer to finding a cure. The terminology employed in discussing disease processes is often confusing and frequently inadequate, perhaps never more so than with regard to the septic patient. Many words and phrases have been, and are, used in an attempt to define and describe the septic patient, including “infection”, “bacteraemia”, “septicaemia”, “severe sepsis”, “sepsis syndrome” [1],


Septic Shock Acute Pancreatitis Severe Sepsis Septic Patient Consensus Conference 
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