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Does sepsis hurt while dying ?

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Early on maybe: May initially and be distressing but then as the organs fail the brain loses circulation and ventilation gets impaired and carbon dioxide builds up. This is why even if a patient has sepsis they may still need pain relief and sedation regardless of whether active or palliative (symptom control only ) treatment. If concerns re pain management suggest a discussion with the team treating the perso
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Usually not: Assuming this involves a loved one, I'm sorry you and she are in this situation. The good news is that a sepsis death usually is not painful, and often less stressful than other causes. But if she is uncomfortable and death is inevitable, there are treatments that will make it ieaser for her. Don't hesitate to disucss frankly with her doctors. Very best wishes to you.

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