Sepsis. Sepsis is when bacteria spreads from a point of initial infection to the bloodstream. As a result, blood pressure decreases, heart rate rises, and breathing becomes labored. Sepsis typically recquires IV antibiotics in an icu. If missed or undertreated, a patient could die.
No. Usually in sepsis blood pressure is low. This in turn affects blood flow to the stomach impairing digestion. This makes oral antibiotics a poor route of administration in true sepsis. Parenteral antibiotics (given iv) are safer and more effective.
Yes. Oral antibiotics can be helpful.