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Is sepsis contagious?

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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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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Would sepis be considered a contagious infection?

Would sepis be considered a contagious infection?

Sepsis contagious?: Sepsis =infection w/severe inflammatory response (low bp, rapid hr, leaky blood vessels, poor blood flow to vital organs & extremities) infections w/ability to spread person (or animal/object) to person are contagious. Many infections are contagious & don't cause sepsis (i.e. Common cold, tb); some do (anthrax, salmonella, plague). Follow contact precautions posted for the sick pt to be safe. ...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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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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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


Dr. William Walsh
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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