This focused issue on “Sepsis: Science and Fiction” is edited by Dr. Paul E. Marik, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, USA.
Dr. Marik received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was an ICU attending at Baragwanath Hospital, in Soweto, South Africa. During this time he obtained a Master of Medicine Degree, Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacology, Diploma in Anesthesia as well as a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr Marik did a Critical Care Fellowship in London, Ontario, Canada, during which time he was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon of Canada. Dr Marik has worked in various teaching hospitals in the US since 1992. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Neurocritical Care and Nutrition Science. Dr. Marik is currently Professor of Medicine (with tenure) and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr Marik has written over 450 peer reviewed journal articles, 80 book chapters and authored four critical care books. He has been cited over 36 000 times in peer reviewed publications and has an H-index of 89.
Focused issue outline:
- Editorial: Sepsis: Science and fiction
- Role of Procalcitonin in the management of sepsis
- The complete blood count to diagnose septic shock
- Do government mandates harm patients?
- Harms caused by fluid bolus therapy
- Lactate guided therapy: A myth
- An approach to antibiotics in patients with sepsis
- Do all patients require antibiotics within an hour
- Early norepinephrine in septic shock
- Thiamine in the treatment of sepsis
- Vitamin C: An essential “stress hormone” during sepsis
- Increasing incidence, decreasing mortality or change in denominator