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What should patients with sepsis eat?

What should patients with sepsis eat?

What they can: The real answer depends on how ill you are... If the patient is awake and her bowels are working, and can eat safely without aspirating, a balanced meal (meat, vegetables, carbs) is a sound idea. Many people with sepsis are too ill to eat on their own; there is some data to support using special tube feeds in sepsis, but not enough for that to be the standard of care. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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Can sepsis be treated an the patient will recover completely?

Yes: Even though sepsis can be very frightening, advances in medicine can definitely allow a patient to be healed from sepsis. ...Read more

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Are patients with sepsis lethargic ?

Are patients with sepsis lethargic ?

Yes: Sepsis is systemic manifestation of infection, potentially affecting multiple organs. Patients can be lethargic, sleepy, even unresponsive. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with sepsis?

Absolutely: "sepsis" is the body's reaction to a known or suspected infection. This reaction can include fever (or low body temp), fast heart rate, fast breathing rate, and low blood pressure. Many doctors, in many specialties, see sepsis every day. Indeed, docs like me (pulmonary and critical care) see them more often, but it is a very common diagnosis. ...Read more

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What diet and exercise should a patient with sepsis should do?

None: Sepsis is a severe infection and people with sepsis are in an intensive care unit. Are you sure you mean sepsis? ...Read more

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What diagnostic test result identifies the patient as being at risk for sepsis?

Cultures, X-rays,lab: Patients are risk for sepsis usually have risk factors such as illicit behaviors, immunosuppression, chronic diseases or acute illnesses. Tests to diagnosis sepsis involve cultures of blood, urine, sputum or wound; blood tests of the wbc. X-rays of chest or other sites are helpful if clinical symptom warrant it. Occasionally spinal tap is necessary if all other tests are negative. ...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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Expert opinions? Which diagnostic test result identifies the patient as being at risk for sepsis?

Clinical acumen: Experts can't wait for labs to come back to make decisions for sepsis. If there is a source of infection, if there is fever over 101-101.5, respiratory rate deemed to be fast, heart rate 20 points more than pt's usual or deemed tachycardic, relative hypoxia or increased a-a gradient calculated to age, the labs including WBC count can wait and simply looking at pt, a DX of sepsis can safely be made. ...Read more

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Could anyone recover from maternal sepsis what is the treament and what is estimated recovery time and the patients needs to do in order to recover?

Need more info: Maternal sepsis is a serious condition. She must consult with her ob/gyn and be examined carefully to make sure the infection has been eradicated. Time to heal depends on cause of sepsis and health of the woman. ...Read more

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If a patient has suspected sepsis and urgent blood cultures are attempted then, approximately, how quickly could it be established that the results are negative.

If a patient has suspected sepsis and urgent blood cultures are attempted then, approximately, how quickly could it be established that the results are negative.

Sepsis: Blood culture often turns positive within 24 hours, however, sometimes it may take longer and other times the blood culture may be negative even though the patient has all the clinical features of sepsis ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock is a condition of inflammation throughout the body caused by a severe infection that can lead to fever, low blood pressure, and the ...Read more