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What are the chances of surviving septicemia in the intensive care unit?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Critical Care
5 doctors agree
In brief: Good
The overall adult survival is around 70%.
Young adults do better than elderly. Keys to improving the odds include early recognition that you are "septic", early broad spectrum antibiotics based on the presumed source ( lung, soft tissue, blood vessel catheter, abdomen ), early drainage of any pus, aggressive support of the lungs, kidneys, heart to maintain good perfusion to all these.

In brief: Good
The overall adult survival is around 70%.
Young adults do better than elderly. Keys to improving the odds include early recognition that you are "septic", early broad spectrum antibiotics based on the presumed source ( lung, soft tissue, blood vessel catheter, abdomen ), early drainage of any pus, aggressive support of the lungs, kidneys, heart to maintain good perfusion to all these.
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
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Dr. Rodolfo Pascual
The chance of survival also depends on the underlying health of the patient.
Dr. Seth Akst
The patient's underlying medical conditions, the severity of the sepsis, and the number of organ systems that fail all effect the chances of survival. As. Dr Wyffels said, for all-comers, the odds are 65-70% of surviviving sepsis in the ICU. Early treatment is important.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Very good
Most medical centers have protocols for dealing with sepsis that have a high degree of success.
What is important is whether shock occurs or not and other underlying illnesses. In the past mortality for septic shock was 35-40%, but now it can be as low as 8-10% in the best icu's.

In brief: Very good
Most medical centers have protocols for dealing with sepsis that have a high degree of success.
What is important is whether shock occurs or not and other underlying illnesses. In the past mortality for septic shock was 35-40%, but now it can be as low as 8-10% in the best icu's.
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Depends
The specifics vary based on source of sepsis and to what extent there are underlying medical problems that predisposed to sepsis.
( for example a 90 year old man with chronic kidney failure and lung cancer septic from a perforated bowel will probably do worse than a 30 year old man septic from pneumonia. That said the overall mortality rate from sepsis is in the 25% range, meaning 3/4 will survive.

In brief: Depends
The specifics vary based on source of sepsis and to what extent there are underlying medical problems that predisposed to sepsis.
( for example a 90 year old man with chronic kidney failure and lung cancer septic from a perforated bowel will probably do worse than a 30 year old man septic from pneumonia. That said the overall mortality rate from sepsis is in the 25% range, meaning 3/4 will survive.
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