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I believe that abx are usually given quickly after there is a strong suspicion of sepsis. how quickly, in your opinion, should n/s drip be given? why?

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Dr. Donald Colantino answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

In cases of severe sepsis iv fluids are needed and started asap along with iv antibiotics. The goal is to avoid dehydration, low bp and kidney failure. The rate of infusion of saline or 5%dextrose with normal or half normal saline depends upon blood pressure, cardiorenal status,ability of patient to take by mouth and degree of dehydration or fluid loss upon admission to the hospital.

Answered Oct 22, 2020

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During sepsis, the body goes into shock and the blood pressure drops. If there is suspicion of sepsis, an intravenous line is put in and a normal saline drip is commenced immediately. If there is a simple infection without evidence of septic shock then it is not necessary to start a normal saline drip straight away. It's on a case by case basis

Answered Apr 10, 2017

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Dr. Katharine Cox answered

Specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Isotonic solutions are part of the initial management of sepsis along with antibiotics and vasopressors. It is not a drip but a bolus that is used. All the best.

Answered Jun 11, 2017

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Depends on the clinical situation. They may need a lot or none. If they are not volume depleted and have a normal blood pressure there is little indication for fluids. There is a risk if the patient has a bad hear that the fluids could cause other problems.

Answered May 7, 2017

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