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What is sepsis and how can it be treated?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Sepsis: This is a clinical response of the body to infection diagnosed by fever or hypothermia, pulse>90/min, respirations>20/min and high or low WBC with left shift. Any two of these constitutes sepsis if you find a source of infection responsible for the changes. Read about sirs (these changes occurring without infection).
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Get it treated!: If an infective agent travels to the blood stream and spreads, it could cause what is called sepsis. With sepsis the body is greatly challenged to fight the infection. In severe cases the patient may go into multi-organ failure, shock, or even death. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. You may need oral or intravenous antibiotics, oxygen, IV fluid and pain medication.

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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.

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