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Are There Certain People That Are More Susceptible To Sepsis
Yes: We don't know all the factors that predispose people to sepsis syndrome or septic shock, but older (age >65), malnourished, immune compromised (but with some immune system in place) , diabetic patients, and possibly morbidly obese patients are more at risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Are normal healthy people susceptible to sepsis, or do you have to have cancer or something bad already?
Either: Most patients who get septic do have an underlying disorder that weakens them and predisposes to severe infection. This does not have to be the case however. Sometimes individuals can get an infection in the community that is very severe and causes sepsis. ( bad pneumonia for example). This is less common however. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yep: Bacterial endotoxins ( see http://textbookofbacteriology.Net/endotoxin.Html ) and exotoxins ( http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/exotoxin) are important. Botulinum toxin, shiga toxin, tetnus toxin, and diptheria toxin are the most potent poisons known (ok, except for uranium and dioxin). Here is more reading: http://textbookofbacteriology.Net/proteintoxins.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: You will feel terrible, your blood pressure will be so low that your vital organs begin to fail and you will be too delirious to know what is going on. In reality, most people don't ever develop this unless they have other problems or come into contact with a bad bacteria and avoid antibiotic therapy. There is little reason to worry about this; if it is consuming you i would suggest therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sepsis: There are now a set of 4 criteria that define sepsis. High or low WBC count, pulse of >90, respirations of 20 or greater and temperature elevation or hypothermia. Any 2 of these when infection is present constitutes "sepsis". There are further criteria for severe sepsis, septic shock and sepsis with multiorgan failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common: Sepsis with a severe infection is common - to meet the definition you need only have a suspected infection, a heart rate greater than 90, temperature greater than 100.4 or less than 96.8, a respiratory rate greater than 20, or a high or low white blood cell count. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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