What is septic shock?

Cytokines. Untreated bacterial infection can spread to the circulatory system and produce by products called cytokines which can result in circulatory collapse very low blood pressure and multiorgan dysfunction.
Bad infection. Septic shock is a syndrome of low blood pressure, leaking blood vessels, and abnormal organ function due to infection. Early diagnosis and treatment including intravenous fluids, antibiotics, and other medications are essential to survival and decreasing complications of critical illness.

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is septic shock, and how would you know?

Shock. Shock means there is low blood pressure with the body's response of increased heart rate. Add to this that it is due to overwhelming infection so there is fever (or abnormally low temperature) increased breathing effort, increased ( or low) WBC poor oxygenation, then you have septic shock and those are the things you see. Read more...
O2 delivery problem. Shock is a severe condition where adequate amounts of oxygen (and other substrates) cannot be delivered to the tissues of the body. There are multiple causes, one of which is an overwhelming bacterial infection, most typically including bacteria in the bloodstream, that is known as septic shock. The physiology of septic shock is complex, including cellular blocks of oxygen utilization. Read more...
Sepsis. This is fever or hypothermia, high or low wbc, rapid respirations and pulse due to infection and resulting in low blood pressure unresponsive to fluid replacement. This is not something for a lay person to diagnose since it may rapidly lead to multi-organ failure and death. This should be diagnosed by intensivists and infectious disease experts and other physicians. Read more...

What can be done for septic shock?

Many things. There has been a lot of research on this topic and most hospitals now have a sepsis protocol. Most importantly, appropriate antibiotics need to be given in a timely manner, usually in the er, and there is IV fluid resuscitation, pressors - drips to increase the blood pressure, and respiratory and other support when needed. There are guidelines on how to monitor the patients and manage all of this. Read more...
Early treatment. Initial therapy is directed toward restoring normal circulation and perfusion of vital organs. Of course the source of infection has to be controlled as well but restoring normal circulation is primary. Read more...

What are the tests for septic shock?

Septic shock. Septic shock is a clinical diagnosis. Recovery of an infectious organism, typically bacterial although other organisms are possible, helps to confirm the diagnosis although this takes time- sometimes days or longer. There are a number of tests that clinicians use to help initially make a diagnosis and to guide therapy, although the history and physical examination are of great importance. Read more...

What are various causes of septic shock?

Septic shock. Septic shock is a form of shock caused by an infectious organism. Typically, this is a bacteria (and there are a variety of these), and a person's susceptibility to these may be influenced by co-morbid medical problems like diabetes. Fungal organisms also cause sepsis, and viruses produce a sepsis syndrome as well. There are other causes of shock that mimic sepsis. Read more...
Many. Pneumonia and urinary tract infection are probably the most common. Also cellulitis, endocarditis, various abscesses, perforated bowel just to name a few. Hope that helps! Read more...

What is the treatment for septic shock?

Septic shock. Treatment for septic shock involves reversal of shock, supportive care and antibiotic therapy. The forms that each of these treatments can take is predicated upon the severity of the shock. Some patients may only require fluid administration along with antibiotics and close monitoring while others may need invasive care in the intensive care unit. Read more...

Could you survive septic shock?

Yes. Many do recover from septic shock when the infection is treated adequately and its bad effect resolves. Unfortunately too many succumb to the infections and its deleterious effects on the body called septic shock. Read more...

How can pneumoniagive someone septic shock?

Spread of infection. The bacteria that causes pneumonia spreads to the blood stream, it releases toxins that interfere with circulation, blood clotting and many organ functions. Treatment is antibiotics and support as required (ventilator, dialysis etc.) until the patient recovers. Read more...