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My name is Ari Moskowitz and I'm a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellow with a specific research interest in sepsis interventions and outcomes. I think this is a great topic and look forward to a lively discussion! I would like to welcome our experts who will be providing valuable insight as we discuss the new Sepsis III definitions. For background information on how sepsis has been defined previously and the recently published definitions by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and Society of Critical Care Medicine Sepsis III Task Force, please check-out the 'About' tab on the discussion page. 

Before diving into the meat of the new definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock, I thought we could start with a more fundamental question. Why is defining 'sepsis' important? Is the definition intended to assist clinicians with recognizing a patient at risk of decompensation due to infection? Is the definition intended to specifically categorize a subset of critically-ill patients to allow for research, quality improvement, and epidemiological study? Should/can it do both?​