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Sepsis Biomarkers: What’s New?

Sepsis is a common disease, but sometimes, we need some assistance with the diagnosis and resuscitation of these patients. Can biomarkers help us, or are we wasting time using these measures? What's wrong with just the time-honored history and exam?

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PEM Playbook – Big Labs, Little People: Troponin, BNP, D-Dimer, and Lactate

It’s a busy shift. Today no one seems to have a chief complaint. Someone sends a troponin on a child. Good, bad, or ugly, how are you going to interpret the result? And while we’re at it – what labs do I need to be careful with in children – sometimes the normal ranges of common labs can have our heads spinning! Read on for bread-and-butter pediatric blood work and further, to answer the question – what’s up with troponin, lactate, d-dimer, and BNP in kids?