SHIPSS is a multi-institutional, prospective, controlled, randomized, double-blinded interventional trial that will examine the potential benefits and risks of adjunctive hydrocortisone prescribed for children with fluid and vasoactive-inotropic refractory septic shock. It is hypothesized that adjunctive hydrocortisone will significantly reduce the proportion of children with poor outcomes, defined as death or severely impaired health-related quality of life (HRQL), as assessed at 28 days following study enrollment (randomization).

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