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Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Overview)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork 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
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Sepsis (Overview)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of white blood cell count.


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What are the symptoms of sepsis and lab rsults?

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?

Expert opinions? Which diagnostic test result identifies the patient as being at risk 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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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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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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Dr. William Walsh
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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


Dr. William Walsh
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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