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Septic Shock (Overview)

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 respiratory failure or death.


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I'm afraid that I may get septic shock, are there certain signs to look for?

I'm afraid that I may get septic shock, are there certain signs to look for?

No: You will feel terrible, your blood pressure will be so low that your vital organs begin to fail and you will be too delirious to know what is going on. In reality, most people don't ever develop this unless they have other problems or come into contact with a bad bacteria and avoid antibiotic therapy. There is little reason to worry about this; if it is consuming you I would suggest therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Septic Shock (Overview)

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 respiratory failure or death.


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What are the symptoms associated with septic shock?

What are the symptoms associated with septic shock?

Septic shock: The symptoms of septic shock can vary to the individual prior to coming to medical attention, but may involve fever, lethargy, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, headache and weakness, amongst others. Clinical signs may include elevated heart rate, low blood pressure, rapid breathing, decreases urine output, low oxygen saturations, altered mental status, and acid build up in blood stream, to name a few. ...Read more

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What are the tests for septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is a clinical diagnosis. Recovery of an infectious organism, typically bacterial although other organisms are possible, helps to confirm the diagnosis although this takes time- sometimes days or longer. There are a number of tests that clinicians use to help initially make a diagnosis and to guide therapy, although the history and physical examination are of great importance. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is septic shock, and how would you know?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is septic shock, and how would you know?

Shock: Shock means there is low blood pressure with the body's response of increased heart rate. Add to this that it is due to overwhelming infection so there is fever (or abnormally low temperature) increased breathing effort, increased (or low) WBC poor oxygenation, then you have septic shock and those are the things you see. ...Read more

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What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

Did you mean bugs?: Antibiotics don't cause septic shock, bacteria do. All kinds of bacteria can do this but most commonly gram-negatives from the urinary or gastrointestinal tract, gram-positives from skin etc infections and the various that cause pneumonia. Antibiotics are used to treat septic shock, together with all other supportive care. ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me how come patients with septic shock be treated with insulin and corticosteroids?

Can someone explain to me how come patients with septic shock be treated with insulin and corticosteroids?

To improve survival: Steroids may be used in septic shock that persists despite max support. The adrenal may suffer during shock and glucose metabolism is off, necessitating Insulin especially when giving steroids. The steroids are in low to intermediate dose. High dose steroids in septic shock are associated with higer mortality. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for septic shock?

What is the treatment for septic shock?

Septic shock: Treatment for septic shock involves reversal of shock, supportive care and antibiotic therapy. The forms that each of these treatments can take is predicated upon the severity of the shock. Some patients may only require fluid administration along with antibiotics and close monitoring while others may need invasive care in the intensive care unit. ...Read more

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A female mid 50's has been in a coma for 6 years now. Septic shock was the cause of the coma. Are there successful new treatments for this?

A female mid 50's has been in a coma for 6 years now. Septic shock was the cause of the coma. Are there successful new treatments for this?

Probably not: If she has been in a coma for the last six years due to septic shock, unfortunately, it is unlikely that she will recover. As far as I know, there are no new treatments for prolonged comas such as this. ...Read more

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If muriatic acid gets into the bloos stream can it lead to septic shock?

If muriatic acid gets into the bloos stream can it lead to septic shock?

No: Septic shock is usually reserved for shock related to infection. Muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid) in high concentration IV is lethal. However in severe alkalemic states extremely dilute muriatic acid can improve the homeodtasis of the body. ...Read more

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I have premature baby born with septic shock he survived. I am home will close relatives who wear a mask when they visit prevent flu to baby?

I have premature baby born with septic shock he survived. I am home will close relatives who wear a mask when they visit prevent flu to baby?

A good start!: Masks are a good idea, hand washing is even more important! The bottom line is that nothing is 100% certain to prevent transmission of a virus - except avoidance. If people are ill, they probably shouldn't be visiting. ...Read more

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What is septic shock?

What is septic shock?

Cytokines: Untreated bacterial infection can spread to the circulatory system and produce by products called cytokines which can result in circulatory collapse very low blood pressure and multiorgan dysfunction. ...Read more

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Could you survive septic shock?

Yes: Many do recover from septic shock when the infection is treated adequately and its bad effect resolves. Unfortunately too many succumb to the infections and its deleterious effects on the body called septic shock. ...Read more

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What can be done for septic shock?

What can be done for septic shock?

Many things: There has been a lot of research on this topic and most hospitals now have a sepsis protocol. Most importantly, appropriate antibiotics need to be given in a timely manner, usually in the er, and there is IV fluid resuscitation, pressors - drips to increase the blood pressure, and respiratory and other support when needed. There are guidelines on how to monitor the patients and manage all of this. ...Read more

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What are the tests for septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is a clinical diagnosis. Recovery of an infectious organism, typically bacterial although other organisms are possible, helps to confirm the diagnosis although this takes time- sometimes days or longer. There are a number of tests that clinicians use to help initially make a diagnosis and to guide therapy, although the history and physical examination are of great importance. ...Read more

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Can someone survive septic shock and live?

Of course: The goal of treating septic shock is ultimately survival. The best medical centers achieve survival rates for septic shock > 90%. ...Read more

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How can pneumoniagive someone septic shock?

How can pneumoniagive someone septic shock?

Spread of infection: The bacteria that causes pneumonia spreads to the blood stream, it releases toxins that interfere with circulation, blood clotting and many organ functions. Treatment is antibiotics and support as required (ventilator, dialysis etc.) until the patient recovers. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am going into septic shock?

You're not: When you're going into septic shock, you're usually too sick to be asking about it on a website. ...Read more

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How likely is someone to go into septic shock?

Depends: On their age, sex, smoking status, whether or not they have diabetes, cancer, take immune suppressant drugs, their nutritional status, as well as the nature of any infecting agent, if they are wounded, if they have insurance or access to medical care... The so called average person will likely never go into septic shock, but. .. There is no average person. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I'm going into septic shock?

Sepsis: Ask your physician to explain what it is and tell you whether your scenario is clinically consistent with a sepsis syndrome. ...Read more

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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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Sepsis (Definition)

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