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What is sepsis?

By July 7, 2014 - 5:49pm
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There isn't much information about sepsis online, I am wondering if anyone has any information? 

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Hi Michael

Thank you for this question! 

First and foremost, sepsis is a very serious condition that can lead to death. Anyone who is suspected of having sepsis needs to be hospitalized immediately for care. 

Here are symptoms to look out for:

  • Fever and chills
  • Low temperature
  • Paleness of skin color
  • Listlessness
  • Changes in mental status
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Decreased urine output
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shock
  • Problems with bleeding or clotting

Sepsis is also known as blood poisoning although some think that sepsis should be categorized differently. 

Sepsis is when the blood becomes infected with a lot of bacteria or toxins and these toxins are carried throughout the body. This bacteria can be from something as simple as a urinary tract infection. IV drug abuse can also cause sepsis but people can get it from hospitals or from having a poor immune system, leaving them susceptible to infections their bodies would normally be able to fight off. 

If not caught in time, sepsis can infect the entire body, causing death. Treatment needs to be immediate and very aggressive. 

Treatment includes anti-biotics, IV fluids, blood transfusions, surgery or even kidney dialysis - all depending on how far the infection has invaded the body. The faster the diagnosis, the better the chance for a full recovery. 

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