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What is septicemia?

What is septicemia?

Systemic effects: A systemic illness (body wide) caused by an infection. Criteria include rapid heart rate, low or high white blood count, fever or low temperatur, low blood pressure, suspected or known infection, with bacteria in the blood. ...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


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What's unspecified septicemia?

What's unspecified septicemia?

Technical term: Used in the billing process to tell the insurance company what the provider treated you for. Indicates a serious infection, no further details as to the cause and location specified. ...Read more

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What causes septicemia? How is it cured?

What causes septicemia? How is it cured?

Bacterial infection: Septicemia is an infection in the blood stream that can be very serious or life threatening. For more information, including how it's treated, I recommend this page: http://www.medlineplus.gov/sepsis.html ...Read more

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What is septicemia and what antibiotics should be used?

What is septicemia and what antibiotics should be used?

Septicemia: Septicemia is a state of microbial invasion from a portal of entry into the blood stream which causes sign of illness. Serious bacterial infections are usually associated with important changes in the function of every organ system in the body mediated mostly by elements of the host immune system against infection. Choice of antibiotics depends on the type of microorganism involved. ...Read more

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What is septicemia and what antibiotics should be used to treat it, and what dosages?

What is septicemia and what antibiotics should be used to treat it, and what dosages?

Septicemia: This means bacteria multiplying in the blood stream. The body's reaction to infection is "sepsis", with fever or low temp, elevated or low WBC count, increased pulse (>90/min) and respirations (20 or more/min). Any two of these criteria are systemic inflammatory response syndrome (sirs) and if due to infection, sepsis. ...Read more

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What is septicemia and what antibiotics should be used to take care of it, and what dosages?

What is septicemia and what antibiotics should be used to take care of it, and what dosages?

Infection in the blo: Blood stream infection is called septisemia. It can result from contaminated catheters or serious infections in any body organ in a immune compromised pateint. ...Read more

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What is unspecified septicemia from?

What is unspecified septicemia from?

Unspecified.icd-9: The icd-9 codes for infections can be confusing to physicians and the lay public. What you are probably looking at is a billing code to help insurers categorize the illness. What it means is that the code either did not have the specific type of infection listed or the cause of that infection was not known. I can not tell you which it was with more information. ...Read more

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Pls what's meant by septicemia and flank pain?

Pls what's meant by septicemia and flank pain?

Infection : Septicemia is an old term that usually means bacteria in the blood. The updated term is sepsis, which is an overwhelming maladaptive of the body's immune system to an infection. It may cause end organ damage leading to cardiovascular collapse and death. Flank pain denotes pain around the two sides of your lower back. Kidney infection usually cause pain in that area. ...Read more

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What's the difference between septicemia and sepsis?

What's the difference between septicemia and sepsis?

Same thing mostly: Septicemia as a term generally implies that there has been confirmed to be the presence of bacteria or other micobial agents present in the blood. Sepsis is generally a syndrome of severe vascular compromise. However, generally speaking the two terms are used interchangably. ...Read more

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What is difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

What is difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

Sepsis: Sepsis is the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (sirs) plus infection-any infection (most commonly pneumonia or uti). Bacteremia is bacteria in the bloodstream; bacteremia can be a cause of sepsis. Some people consider septicemia & bacteremia synonyms; others consider septicemia & sepsis synonyms. This can be confusing, so many prefer not to use the term 'septicemia' at all anymore. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of septicemia patient? What is difference between septicemia & sepsis?

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Depends: It depends on the other aspects of the disease process; vital signs, labs, how the patient appears. Septicemia is simply the presence of bacteria in blood, and is a fairly old term. Sepsis is the idea that there is an infection that is causing a systemic response (fever, high white cell count, fast heart rate, fast breathing rate). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of septicemia?

What are the symptoms of septicemia?

See doc: Heart rate above 90 breathing above 20 temp above 101 white blood cells above 10, 000 and most importantly, clinical suspicion by a doc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of septicemia in a child?

What are the symptoms of septicemia in a child?

See below: Fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, being less interactive etc just looking sick. Depending on how old the child is, they may not be able to verbalize exactly what it is that is wrong with them. ...Read more

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What is the effect of septicemia on neonates?

What is the effect of septicemia on neonates?

Septicemia: Septicemia is a serious blood infection that can be caused by a variety of bacteria. Untreated in neonates, it can result in death. As signs of septicemia is very subtle in neonates- many doctors aggressively treat with antibiotics if neonate has temp >100.4f, temperature instability, feeding poorly, lethargy. Blood cultures are drawn before starting the antibiotics. ...Read more

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What's the difference between regular septicemia and acinetobacter?

What's the difference between regular septicemia and acinetobacter?

Acinetobacter : Acinetobacter is a bacteria that is ubiquitous and usually doesn't cause infection. It is what we call opportunistic - it will cause infection if it gets a chance only. It is usually slow growing (relative to staph or strep), and highly antibiotic resistant. If a loved, one has acinetobacter they can survive, but is usually a sign that there is some thing else wrong with them (wounds, burns, . ...Read more

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What's the difference between bacteremia, septicemia, and sepsis?

What's the difference between bacteremia, septicemia, and sepsis?

Terminology: Bacteremia describes the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream - this may or may not make you ill (e.g. You are briefly bacteremic after brushing your teeth, but your body clears it). Septicemia is multiplication of bacteria in the blood (almost always associated with illness... But not always), and sepsis is the systemic response to infection. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat septicemia?

What is the best way to treat septicemia?

Identify source: First of identify the source of infection and direct antibiotics to the cause. If an abscess is present it needs to be drained. Other supportive measures may be required such as IV fluids, medications to support blood pressure and o2. ...Read more

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Is it true that septicemia is spreadable?

Is it true that septicemia is spreadable?

Usually not: However, some types of contagious diseases are indeed transmissible and can cause septicemia. Most cases of septicemia occur from bacteria already residing in our bodies that gets into the wrong area and then attacks the blood stream. ...Read more