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How is sepsis diagnosed?
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General Surgery 45 years experience
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Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Sepsis: This is defined as fever (or hypothermia), rapid pulse (>90/min), rapid respirations (>20/min), and elevated or suppressed WBC counts. Any two of these criteria, if caused by infection, yields a diagnosis of "sepsis". This is very specific. If you have low blood pressure not responding to fluids then you have septic shock. If more than one organ system is failing =multiorgan failure.
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What is sepsis?
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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.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014
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