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Septic shock: what is the typical recovery period after being stabilized?

Septic shock: what is the typical recovery period after being stabilized?

Depends: Depends on the patient's severity of disease, e.g. Number of organ systems affected; age and comorbidities. Normally, the patient will spend a few days on the general medical ward after being discharged from the ICU and then go to rehab for 2-3 weeks. But these are just very general guidelines. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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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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My father is just about recovering from a severe sepsis infection that included septic shock. Still has low grade fever. How long does recovery take?

My father is just about recovering from a severe sepsis infection that included septic shock. Still has low grade fever. How long does recovery take?

Sepsis: It can certainly depend on the etiology of the sepsis and the degree of organ dysfunction that occurred. Some recover fully, some take weeks, some never quite recover organ function and cardiac, pulmonary, brain and kidney function may be impaired afterwards. If he is still with fever days/weeks into therapy, i would make sure he has been evaluated for endocarditis with blood cultures and an echo. ...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?

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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What happens when people go into septic shock?

What happens when people go into  septic shock?

Inflammation: Septic shock causes wide spread inflammatory response in the body which can be fatal. It causes low blood pressure and poor perfusion through out the body causing damage to multiple organ systems. It can cause respiratory failure by pouring fluid into the air sacs in the lungs (adult respiratory distress syndrome) and can also cause weakening heart pump function furthere complicating matters. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get septic shock again?

Yes: Septic shock can happen each time you have severe infection if not treated on timely fashion and the immune system is suppressed. ...Read more

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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 can you expect life to be like post-septic shock?

No problems to coma: Very variable recovery but the younger patients can do very well and be normal. Damage to many tissues will heal (brain doesn't do well after major injury). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Septic shock?

Septic shock: 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. ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone is going into septic shock?

How can you tell if someone is going into septic shock?

Examination and labs: Septic shock is a life threatening cardiovascular collapse caused by many infections. Early stages can be detected by an experienced dr. Evaluating vital signs, examination, and biochemical changes detectable in blood work. Late stages anyone can diagnose but often too late. Icu care is mandatory. ...Read more

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When a person goes into septic shock, what exactly kills them?

When a person goes into septic shock, what exactly kills them?

Inadequate blood flo: In septic shock, the event triggers a profound change in blood distribution. Blood pressure drops.Blood is no longer able to circulate and bathe the cells in nutrients or oxygen in adequate amounts to keep them functioning.Kidneys,heart,brain all begin shutting down as their fuel supply declines. At some point, the heart will fail to maintain a proper rhythm and quit. ...Read more

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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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