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are there treatments for sepsis?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: Yes, high dose (often iv) antibiotics targeting the specific bug are usually key to the treatment. Other medications can be used to target the inflammation caused by the infection to keep the lungs and blood vessels open. Sometimes medications are also required to keep the blood pressures up and control sugars while the body fights the infection.
Dr. Seth Akst
Dr. Seth Akst answered
Anesthesiology 21 years experience
Yes: There is not just one treatment for sepsis, there are many coordinated treatments. Antibiotics will treat the infection, but other supportive care is also necessary. Fluid resuscitation, and possible support of your heart, lungs and kidneys will be important. As of now, with xigris taken off the market, there is no specific treatment for the inflammation of sepsis.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Sepsis...: Sepsis is caused by an infection so antibiotics are the main treatment. Cultures are done to determine the cause of the infection and to tell what antibiotics would be the best treatment. Other treatments are geared to the symptoms that are present, like medicines to support the blood pressure if it is low.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Depends on severity: Sepsis is a serious condition where an infection leads to an aggressive response from the body. Treating the infection with antibiotics and providing fluids are the first set of treatments - but depending on how ill the patient becomes, it may also require drugs to keep the blood pressure elevated, blood products, invasive blood pressure and heart monitoring, and so on.

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What is sepsis?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
A severe infection: Sepsis is the term used by doctors to describe a severe, life-threatening bloodstream infection. Sepsis can cause your baby's organs to fail. If untreated, sepsis can be fatal. Treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics, and close monitoring in the hospital can prevent serious complications.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is sepsis?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Common: Nearly three quarters of a million americans suffer sepsis each year; a high proportion die each year from sepsis. It is fairly common in most hospitals.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is sepsis fatal?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Can be: However, sepsis is usually not fatal; depending on the patient, the source and cause of infection, its susceptibility to treatment, closeness of the patient to adequate care and time to antibiotic therapies the survival of the patient varies. There are survival calculators (as morbid as that is). Here is a link to a french page that i use: http://www.Sfar.Org/article/315/scores.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Provided original answer
The APACHE II, and SAPS II, and SOFA scores are quite useful.
Dec 27, 2011
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A 16-year-old member asked:

Can sepsis kill you?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: As a general rule of thumb your risk of dying from sepsis is about 20% per each organ system affected. For instance if you have cardiac dysfunction and liver dysfunction from sepsis your risk of dying could be as high as 40%. Each year severe sepsis strikes about 750, 000 americans. It’s been estimated that between 25and 50 percent of these people die!
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A 23-year-old male asked:

What causes sepsis?

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Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 29 years experience
Severe Infection: Sepsis means that an infection that would normally be confined to one area of the body has entered the bloodstream meaning it can infect the whole body. It is serious & life-threatening & requires high doses of IV antibiotics in most cases. Usually it occurs when people do not seek treatment for infections like a tooth abscess that could be resolved with oral antibiotics.

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