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I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

Not usually: Your young age and whatever care you received helped you recover. Some people have transient kidney, liver and respiratory trouble but these issues would have occurred with the sepsis. ...Read more

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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more


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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?

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?

Saline: 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. ...Read more

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How is sepsis diagnosed?

How is sepsis diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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What are sepsis sores like?

Varies: Depending on the type of infection causing the sepsis syndrome, the skin sores vary. Blisters, areas of skin death (necrosis), deep ulcers, raised/hard areas all occur. ...Read more

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What are the tests for sepsis?

What are the tests for sepsis?

Clinical diagnosis: Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis - there is no lab test for sepsis. Lab tests are used to assist in the diagnosis of sepsis. Look at the SOFA score to see how clinical information is put together to determine if someone has sepsis

https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/SOFA_score

The SOFA score uses vital signs, physical exam, and lab tests to help determine if someone has sepsis ...Read more

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Would you know if you had sepsis?

Would you know if you had sepsis?

Sepsis: This is a well-defined clinical syndrome which is characterized by the body's response to infection and is diagnosed by physicians. You might feel ill, but not know that you meet the clinical criteria to be termed "septic". ...Read more

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What's sepsis and is there a cure?

Infection: Sepsis is a form of poisoning caused by an infection. The treatment is antibiotics, control of the infection, and supportive measures to keep other organs working while the body heals. ...Read more

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What are the complications of sepsis?

What are the complications of sepsis?

Severe Illness: Sepsis describes a reaction that the body has to an overwhelming infection. The infection can start anywhere. This occurs for a variety of reasons, but ultimately, the body's response is to release a storm of inflammatory substances that can cause all organ systems to malfunction. If not caught in time. This can lead to organ failure and death. ...Read more

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Is septicemia the same thing as sepsis?

Sort of: Sepsis is a term for any infection that causes a systemic inflammatory response. The most common causes of sepsis are pneumonia & urinary tract infections. When sepsis is associated with organ dysfunction, this is called severe sepsis. Septicemia is a term that some equate with sepsis; others consider septicemia equivalent to bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream). ...Read more

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What is sepsis and how can it be treated?

What is sepsis and how can it be treated?

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). ...Read more

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Is it possible for sepsis to go undetected?

Doubtful: Sepsis is a severe, life-threatening illness that almost universally ends a person up in the hospital. Typically they are very ill, with high fevers, confusion, low blood pressure, etc. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of septicaemia or sepsis?

What is the meaning of septicaemia or sepsis?

Infection/reaction: Septicemia, or sepsis, is a total body reaction to infection. There are specific criteria - such as fever, high white cells (which are infection fighting cells), fast heart rate, and fast breathing - that, when coupled with infection, is called sepsis. Sometimes, the reaction can be so severe it can cause shock, a scarring reaction in the lungs or even liver and kidney damage. ...Read more

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I think I might have sepsis. What should I do?

Sepsis: If you are severely ill and have symptoms concerning for sepsis then you need to be seen by a physician immediately or go to a local emergency room. ...Read more

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What happens physiologically when you die of sepsis?

What happens physiologically when you die of sepsis?

Organs fail: In sepsis toxic chemicals are circulating throughout the body and causing damage to the organs by depleting oxygen to the cells. If severe enough, the immune system cannot recover and repair the damage. With the heart unable to meet the metabolic demands circulatory collapse occurs and blood pressure cannot be maintained. ...Read more

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What are the survival chances of someone with sepsis?

About 70%: The chances of surviving sepsis (severe sepsis & septic shock) varies; overall, about 70% of patients will survive, and this number can improve with immediate recognition & treatment. The number of organ systems affected is a big factor--the more organ systems that are failing, chances for survival get worse. Http://www. Survivingsepsis. Org/pages/default. Aspx. ...Read more

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What are the differences between sepsis and septicaemia?

What are the differences between sepsis and septicaemia?

Word games: Someone who is septic has experienced septicemia. The "emia" means it got there through the blood stream. It means germs or their toxic products have entered the blood and set off a series of reactions that are foreboding and likely to precede death if not reversed. ...Read more

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Is sepsis fatal?

Is sepsis fatal?

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. ...Read more

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Can sepsis kill you?

Can sepsis kill you?

Yes: Sepsis, a type of systemic inflammatory response to infection and infection related toxins, can lead to kidney failure, respiratory failure, heart failure, liver failure, stroke, etc... All leading to death. ...Read more

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Is sepsis contagious?

Not exactly: Sepsis is not a disease in and of itself - it is a syndrome (a constellation of symptoms) that result from the bodies attempt to fight off a severe infection +/- any direct toxins from the bacterium itself. The causes of sepsis can be contagious or not (for example, a urinary tract infection is not directly contagious, but pneumonia often is). ...Read more

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Do babies get sepsis?

Do babies get sepsis?

They can: Mothers transfer antibodies through the placenta.This gives babies transient protection for many minor illnesses. However, babies remain vulnerable to variety of bacteria. These can enter the birth canal & the bag of waters when it opens. If these germs enter babies nasal passages or lungs during labor or delivery, they can later enter the blood & cause sepsis. ...Read more

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Can an IUD cause sepsis?

Can an IUD cause sepsis?

Extremely rarely.: An IUD (intra-uterine device) is a very effective method of contraception. Though their reputation for causing infection still exists from cases many decades ago, currently iuds are very safe. It is very rare for an IUD to cause sepsis (a uterine infection that spreads into the blood and throughout the body). ...Read more

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Is sepsis in teens rare?

Rare but possible.: People can get sepsis at any age. ...Read more

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How do you prevent sepsis?

Wash your hands: Sepsis is not in itself "avoidable" - but you can ensure good general health by eating well, avoiding steroids, and washing your hands. Keeping yourself from getting shot, stabbed or crushed is also a good idea, and keeping dirt out of your wounds is a bonus. If you are diabetic, take your Insulin or other medications and follow a sound diabetic diet. ...Read more

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Can sepsis affect my skin?

Can sepsis affect my skin?

Yes: Sepsis can affect any organ... But sepsis is a syndrome rather than a specific disease. The skin can be directly affected by the infection (cellulitis or clostridium), by a toxin from a bacterium (staph or strep, for example), by low blood pressure causing limb ischemia, or by blood clots or thrombi caused by the sepsis syndrome. ...Read more

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Gram negative rods sepsis?

Common thing: Needs usually two antimicrobials at the start. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause sepsis?

Can sinusitis cause sepsis?

Possible.: If a sinusitis leads to an infection, an infection could progress to sepsis. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for sepsis?

Maybe: Antibiotics that kill the bacteria are your only hope. And when they have damaged the body with their products, it's often too late to stave off death or allow full recovery. ...Read more

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Is sepsis the same as strep?

No: Sepsis syndrome can be caused by a variety of infections including the streptococcus as well as some non infectious causes. Not all, in fact most, streptococcal infections would be 'sepsis'. ...Read more

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How is e. Coli sepsis treated?

E. coli: This bacteria can produce a wide variety of infections which are generally treated with antibiotics to which the particular strain of e. Coli is sensitive and which will reach the site of infection effectively. Sepsis is the body's reaction to infection and may require supportive care beyond the antibiotics. ...Read more

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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases ...Read more