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What Should Sepsis Patients 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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