Antimicrobial peptides and their potential application in inflammation and sepsis
1 Department of Intensive Care, University Hospital, Pauwelsstr. 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany
2 Department of Biophysics, Forschungszentrum, Parkallee 10, 23845 Borstel, Germany
Critical Care 2012, 16:207 doi:10.1186/cc11220Published: 20 March 2012
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Starting treatment early is key to increasing survival in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. The crucial significance of timing has been demonstrated for the treatment of circulatory failure , use of antibiotics  and use of activated protein C as adjunctive therapy . Whereas it is of vital importance not only to begin anti-infective therapy as soon as possible but to also choose the adequate anti-infective drug , the impending problem is the growing number of multi-resistant bacteria . Therefore, there is an increasing interest in the identification and development of new anti-infective agents.