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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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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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Can sepsis be spread from person to person?

Can sepsis be spread from person to person?

Not exactly: The cause of sepsis can be spread from person to person - and depending on what the cause is the likelihood of sepsis or septic shock varies. (streptococcus pneumonae is likely to cause sepsis, for example). ...Read more

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Is it easy to spread bacterial sepsis?

Depends: Bacterial sepsis is rarely contagious unless you are immunocompromised or a very young child. Even if the infection spreads, it is very individual whether it will progress to sepsis or will be contained. ...Read more

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Is small amount of green pus on band aid mean infection? Could it spread to sepsis?

Is small amount of green pus on band aid mean infection? Could it spread to sepsis?

Green pus: Sometimes it could mean infection. Please resubmit details of the wound or what you are covering with the band aid. Tell us if you are getting worse or what your condition is. Give details of how you were injured. Do you have fever. Did you clean the wound well? ...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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Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock is a condition of inflammation throughout the body caused by a severe infection that can lead to fever, low blood pressure, and the ...Read more