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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 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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