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How do you treat sepsis in the blood?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Antimicrobial tx...
By sepsis in the blood, i think you are referring to having bacteria in the blood.
If this is suspected, blood cultures are sent to the lab and the patient is treated with antibiotics. Once the blood culture results are known, antibiotic therapy can be adjusted based on the bacteria sensitivities.

In brief: Antimicrobial tx...
By sepsis in the blood, i think you are referring to having bacteria in the blood.
If this is suspected, blood cultures are sent to the lab and the patient is treated with antibiotics. Once the blood culture results are known, antibiotic therapy can be adjusted based on the bacteria sensitivities.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. William Walsh
Agree plus supportive care if needed (ie to keep you alive until the antibiotics work).
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Meds & fluids
Often, the patient may require ICU care because the blood pressure is dangerously low or organs are starting to malfunction.
Generally, antibiotics/antifungals/antivirals are needed, fluids, vasopressors (if blood pressure is still low despite fluids), and maybe steroids. A med called drotrecogin may be use in serious & specific cases. If kidneys are severely affected, dialysis may be needed.

In brief: Meds & fluids
Often, the patient may require ICU care because the blood pressure is dangerously low or organs are starting to malfunction.
Generally, antibiotics/antifungals/antivirals are needed, fluids, vasopressors (if blood pressure is still low despite fluids), and maybe steroids. A med called drotrecogin may be use in serious & specific cases. If kidneys are severely affected, dialysis may be needed.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Michael Taylor
Drotrecogin has been taken off of the market.
Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Source control & Abx
1. Broad spectrum antibiotics are given after blood and other appropriate cultures are drawn; 2.
If the source of the infection is known, then it is either removed or fixed; 3. Supportive management such as intubation, pressors, and fluids help avoid shock and hypoxia, 4. Narrowing focus of you antibiotics once culture sensitives return.

In brief: Source control & Abx
1. Broad spectrum antibiotics are given after blood and other appropriate cultures are drawn; 2.
If the source of the infection is known, then it is either removed or fixed; 3. Supportive management such as intubation, pressors, and fluids help avoid shock and hypoxia, 4. Narrowing focus of you antibiotics once culture sensitives return.
Dr. John Leander Po
Dr. John Leander Po
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