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Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Overview)

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 white blood cell count.


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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
1,846 doctors shared insights

Sepsis (Overview)

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 white blood cell count.


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What are the symptoms of sepsis and lab rsults?

Low blood pressure: Sepsis may cause hypovolemic shock, impaired cardiac and renal function causing shortness of breath. Also confusion. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Have a cyst on anterior thigh, no streaking, or other signs of sepsis, however has ruptured took Penicillin, should I see MD still ?

Have a cyst on anterior thigh, no streaking, or other signs of sepsis, however has ruptured took Penicillin, should I see MD still ?

What's it doing?? : If it ruptured and is now healing, there should be no need. If it persistently drains, closes and reaccumulates, or is causing pain or looks red & feels hot--then yes for any of those. ...Read more

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What does it means when someone in his diagnosis have obs sepsis?

Please see below: Its unclear that what do you mean by obs sepsis. But, the sepsis is a term we use to indicate for possible infection with vital sign abnormalities. Vital signs are temperature may be > 38 c or 20, heart rate> 90 and white cell count >12000 or. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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My C02 in my panel was low 14, my blood pressure is low . Doc said not sepsis. Is this correct ? Is CBC good enough to diagnose that ? It was an ER Dr

My C02 in my panel was low 14, my blood pressure is low . Doc said not sepsis. Is this correct ? Is CBC good enough to diagnose that ? It was an ER Dr

CompletePicture: A CBC does not include a CO2 level therefore the doc did more than look at your blood counts. A CO2 of 14 tells me that you are relatively hypovolemic which explains both your high heart rate and your lower blood pressure. Diagnosing sepsis is going to be based on findings during your physical exam. The labs are only used as supportive evidence..pieces of a puzzle, NOT for the diagnosis of sepsis ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which diagnostic test result identifies the patient as being at risk for sepsis?

Clinical acumen: Experts can't wait for labs to come back to make decisions for sepsis. If there is a source of infection, if there is fever over 101-101.5, respiratory rate deemed to be fast, heart rate 20 points more than pt's usual or deemed tachycardic, relative hypoxia or increased a-a gradient calculated to age, the labs including WBC count can wait and simply looking at pt, a DX of sepsis can safely be made. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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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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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