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What is the difference between sepsis and septic shock?

What is the difference between sepsis and septic shock?

Blood pressure: Sepsis is the body's generalized inflammatory state as a response to an infection. Severe sepsis is when 2 organ systems begin to fail due to sepsis. Septic shock is when you have sepsis and your blood pressure remains low despite being given adequate IV fluids. A medication called a "vasopressor" can then be required to support your blood pressure to safe levels. ...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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What is the difference between toxic shock syndrome and septic shock?

They're related.: Toxic shock syndrome is a specific cause of septic shock. Tss is caused by staph and sometimes strep bacteria which produce a toxin that can injure many organs. Septic shock is when an infection overwhelms the immune system and causes exaggerated inflammation usually due to bacterial infection, but sometimes viruses or fungal infections as well. If not corrected it has a high fatality rate. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cellulitis and sepsis?

What is the difference between cellulitis and sepsis?

Big difference: Cellulitis is just infection of skin. Sepsis is if that infection goes to blood and produce chemicals affecting other organs. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sepsis and sirs?

Infection: Sirs is a condition where there are systemic changes in the body which are characteristic of inflammation. Sepsis is sirs with a documented infection. ...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'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 the difference between hemorrhagic and hypovolemic shock?

What is the difference between hemorrhagic and hypovolemic shock?

Bleeding/many causes: Hemorrhagic shock is from bleeding, usually due to a wound from trauma, which can have excessive fluid loss. Hypovolemic shock can have many causes, like not drinking, or dehydration from diarrhea, and also hemorrhage. This is usually less severe, but some examples of diarrhea can be excessive. Both can be seen on the same spectrum of shock or fluid loss with hemorrhagic more severe/urgent. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bacteriemia and septicemia?

Definitions: "Bacteremia" means "bacteria in the blood." "Septicemia" is an older term for what we now call "severe sepsis" or "septic shock." Severe sepsis or septic shock is an exaggerated inflammatory response in the body from an infection. Any infection can cause severe sepsis or septic shock. Many times, "bacteremia" is a cause of severe sepsis/septic shock. Prompt treatment is essential for recovery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shock and a coma?

What is the difference between shock and a coma?

As follows: Shock is usually a diffuse dysfunction in bodily organ systems due to vascular collapse, associated with low blood sugar or low blood pressure, and secondary complications. Coma merely implicates loss of consciousness and lack of responsivity to stimuli, and can be caused by mainly disorders, including trauma. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shock and trauma?

Effect on body: Shock is a physical event in your body that means inadequate circulation to maintain oxygen or nurtriants to tissue, often from low blood pressue from dehydration or blood loss. Trauma meams injury either mild or severe but may not lead to schock ...Read more

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What is the difference between septicemic and pneumonic?

Difference: Septicemia refers to infection-usually bacterial- involving the bloodstream( blood poisoning). Pneumonic pertains to the lung. ...Read more

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What are the differences between sepsis and septicaemia?

Word games: Someone who is septic has experienced septicemia. The "emia" means it got there through the blood stream. It means germs or their toxic products have entered the blood and set off a series of reactions that are foreboding and likely to precede death if not reversed. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between sepsis and sirs?

What is the relationship between sepsis and sirs?

Infectious source : Hi, SIRS is a set of criteria that, if met, indicate that there is an inflammatory process occurring in the body. If a patient meets the criteria for SIRS and there is a suspected source of infection then the patient will be in the state of sepsis, meaning the infection is causing the inflammatory condition. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is there a difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

Is there a difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?

Yes: Septicemia is defined as the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream while bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the blood stream. Sepsis is sirs (systemic inflammatory response syndrome) caused by infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between CHF and cardiogenic shock?

What is the difference between CHF and cardiogenic shock?

Cardiogenic shock: Shock is a very severe circulatory impairment where the body isn't getting the cardiac output it needs to function. Cardiogenic shock is when the heart is the cause of the shock. CHF is a less severe heart dysfunction characterized by fluid retention in the lungs and sometimes peripheral tissues. Cardiogenic shock can be the end stage of chf. ...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 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 is the difference between ARDS and sars?

What is the difference between ARDS and sars?

Definition: Adult respiratory distress syndrome is a condition which has multiple triggers and a complex pathophysiology. Sars is a viral infection which has the capacity to cause ards. ...Read more

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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


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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