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How do you know when you have sepsis?

How do you know when you have sepsis?

You feel terrible...: And you have a rapid heart rate, signs of an infection (cough, urinary tract symptoms, severe abdominal pain), a fever or low temperature, and general sense of either malaise or that you are dying. You may be delirious or you might be cogent... But generally it isn't something that feels like a bad cold - you are deathly ill. ...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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What is sepsis?

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 more

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What is sepsis?

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 more

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What causes sepsis?

Infection: Sepsis is related to a severe infection. With severe involvement can see low blood pressure and organ malfunction. ...Read more

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How common is sepsis?

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 more

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Can anyone get sepsis?

Yes: If you encounter a virulent enough pathogen and have an immune system, you can get septic. ...Read more

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How does sepsis spread?

How does sepsis spread?

Blood: Typically sepsis starts in a single area - kidney, open wound, broken bone, etc - but spreads throught the body in the bloodstream. ...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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How long does sepsis last?

How long does sepsis last?

It depends: Some may be cured of it while others may not. It depends on the age, and health of the individual. It also depends timely appropriate treatment. ...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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How fast does sepsis occur?

Very: Someone with a "mild" kidney infection can go septic and be dead in as little as eight hours. I've seen it. This is why these things are so dangerous. ...Read more

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Does sepsis often cause pain?

Yes: Sepsis is a life-threatening condition marked by a dramatic, systemic inflammatory response due to infection. It causes a number of potential severe symptoms (fever, low blood pressure, organ failure, etc.). ...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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Does sepsis hurt while dying ?

Does sepsis hurt while dying ?

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, three are treatments that will make it ieaser for her. Don't hesitate to disucss frankly with her doctors. Very best wishes to you. ...Read more

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How common is sepsis in the us?

750k/year: National institute of health reports 750000 cases of severe sepsis per year citing data published in 2001. The number of cases is on the rise with the aging of the population. ...Read more

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How long will sepsis be treated?

Depends: Sepsis is a very serious and potentially life threatening condition caused by toxins from bacteria in the blood stream. The usual treatment is aggressive supportive therapy with IV fluids, antibiotics and other medications to support blood pressure if needed. ...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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How long does sepsis recovery take?

How long does sepsis recovery take?

It depends: It depends on what you mean by "recovery." the actual acute illness may take anywhere from 3-10 days to resolve on average, but can also involve ICU stays for a month or more (depending on setbacks). Even after leaving the icu, a patient will be very weak and deconditioned, and may need assistance to gain strength and ability to function independently again. That can take months of rehab. ...Read more

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Can sepsis cause any serious damage?

Yes: Sepsis is when infection becomes systemic and cause body reactions like low bp, fast heart rate, low oxygen, high or low temp, high or depressed inflammatory reaction, can lead to ards. The sequelae depend on what organs sustain the most damage including the source of infection. ARDS can lead to some lung fibrosis. Sepsis has high risk of death. ...Read more

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How long does it take to beat sepsis?

How long does it take to beat sepsis?

It depends: Some beat sepsis, while other may not be so lucky. Have it appropriately treated. ...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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The main symptoms of sepsis are what?

The main symptoms of sepsis are what?

Infection + qSOFA: The current definition of sepsis is called qSOFA. You get 1 point each for low blood pressure, high respiratory rate, or altered mental status. A score of 2 or more means you have sepsis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOFA_score#Quick_SOFA_Score ...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