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Who is most at risk for acquiring sepsis?

Who is most at risk for acquiring sepsis?

See below: People with undeveloped or compromised immune systems such as babies, patients with aids, patients receiving chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs such as steroids, or immune therapy for collagen vascular diseases, patients with end-stage renal disease or systemic diseases, or the very old, to name a few. ...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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What are the most common causes of baby sepsis?

What are the most common causes of baby sepsis?

Three bacteria: There are three common bacteria that cause sepsis in the neonatal. Are streptococcus. Staff aureus and neisseria all these can cause mild your infections bronchitis or in worst case is pneumonia and even meningitis. ...Read more

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Which diagnostic test result identifies if someone is at risk for sepsis?

None: There is no diagnostic test that risk stratifies a person for sepsis. Sepsis is a serious infection that can get into your blood system and is ultimately diagnosed with a total clinical assessment/picture including lab work and blood cultures. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of neonatal sepsis?

What is the most common cause of neonatal sepsis?

Changing: Currently that is changing, probably due to preventive measures for group b streptococcus (gbs), which has been the leading cause for decades. Escherchia coli has taken over as the leading cause in premature babies while gbs still leads in full term neonates. ...Read more

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

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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Expert opinions? Which diagnostic test result identifies the patient as being at risk for sepsis?

Expert opinions? Which diagnostic test result identifies the patient as being at risk for sepsis?

Clinical diagnosis: Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis - there is no lab test for sepsis. Lab tests are used to assist in the diagnosis of sepsis. Look at the SOFA score to see how clinical information is put together to determine if someone has sepsis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOFA_score The SOFA score uses vital signs, physical exam, and lab tests to help determine if someone has sepsis ...Read more

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What is the most common way people get infections like neutropenic sepsis?

What is the most common way people get infections like neutropenic sepsis?

This is a rare case: Most patients who develop infections, do not develop neutropenic sepsis. Neutropenic sepsis is caused when a patient develop a severe infection where a specific cell type that fights infections(neutrophils) are at very low levels in the blood for different reasons. But the result is an out of control infection that can be very dangerous. Usually, pneumonias, urine infections and catheter infect. ...Read more

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Now getting treated immediatelyfor uti, am i putting myself at risk for sepsis and renal failure by waiting?

Now getting treated immediatelyfor uti, am i putting myself at risk for sepsis and renal failure by waiting?

Ultimately: Ultimately, if you wait too long to be treated with an active infection, and let the infection get worse and worse, you will evenatually be at risk for worsening sequlae, which could include urosepsis and renal failure. These are rare and at 30 Y.O. One would hope you eventually sought treatment long before these things would occur. Stay healthy and keep regular appts. Take care of yourself. ...Read more

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Had surgery 9/2 for ectopic preg, unknowingly had ureaplasma urealyticum and PID during. Am I at risk for sepsis infection now? Just found out 9/26

Had surgery 9/2 for ectopic preg, unknowingly had ureaplasma urealyticum and PID during. Am I at risk for sepsis infection now? Just found out 9/26

PID: Are you under treatment for the infection? Ureaplasma does not cause PID; it does usually affect the bladder. Your PID was most likely due to another organism, and it is always wise to treat it, even if there are no symptoms. If you have a healthy immune system, the chance of sepsis is remote. It is best to eradicate the urea-plasma, and diagnose and treat the offending organism of the PID. ...Read more

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After septic shock 3 years ago I have suffered from extreme night sweats with the most sour disgusting sweat imaginable.

After septic  shock 3 years ago I have  suffered from extreme night sweats with the most sour disgusting sweat imaginable.

Get checked: There are a wide range of possible causes, including medications. Do see your clinician for evaluation. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to recover from candida systemic infection?

What is the most effective way to recover from candida systemic infection?

Antifungal meds: Systemic candida is usually treated with an antifungal antibiotic - usually IV but sometimes orally administered. Since many of these infection start from indwelling catheters (central or picc lines) these should also be removed if they are present. ...Read more

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I believe that Abx are usually given quickly after there is a strong suspicion of sepsis. How quickly, in your opinion, should N/S drip be given? Why?

Saline: In cases of severe sepsis iv fluids are needed and started asap along with iv antibiotics. The goal is to avoid dehydration, low bp and kidney failure. The rate of infusion of saline or 5%dextrose with normal or half normal saline depends upon blood pressure, cardiorenal status,ability of patient to take by mouth and degree of dehydration or fluid loss upon admission to the hospital. ...Read more

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What is sepsis?

A severe infection: Sepsis is the term used by doctors to describe a severe, life-threatening bloodstream infection. Sepsis can cause your baby's organs to fail. If untreated, sepsis can be fatal. Treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics, and close monitoring in the hospital can prevent serious complications. ...Read more

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What is sepsis?

Sepsis: There are now a set of 4 criteria that define sepsis. High or low WBC count, pulse of >90, respirations of 20 or greater and temperature elevation or hypothermia. Any 2 of these when infection is present constitutes "sepsis". There are further criteria for severe sepsis, septic shock and sepsis with multiorgan failure. ...Read more

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What causes sepsis?

Infection: Sepsis is related to a severe infection. With severe involvement can see low blood pressure and organ malfunction. ...Read more

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How common is sepsis?

Common: Sepsis with a severe infection is common - to meet the definition you need only have a suspected infection, a heart rate greater than 90, temperature greater than 100.4 or less than 96.8, a respiratory rate greater than 20, or a high or low white blood cell count. ...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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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases ...Read more