sepsis

The medical condition sepsis is usually caused by blood bacterial infection known as septicemia. This is why the term septicemia and sepsis are used together most of the time.

How septicemia results in sepsis:

a. Bacteria released poisons associated with septicemia

b. The immune system can mount huge inflammation to the said poisons called sepsis.

Symptoms

– Fever

– Rapid breathing

– Fast heart rate

– Unusual sweating

Causes

Bacterial infections commonly cause sepsis. Fungal infection sepsis can also be a cause.

Risk factors

* Immune system is weakened

* Severe wound

* Chronic diseases like diabetes, AIDS, Cancer

Treatment

– Use of central lines

– Administration of intravenous fluids

– Vasopressors

– Kidney dialysis

– Organ support as needed

Newborns or neonatal infants can also have sepsis. There are infants who are at risk to have the condition like low birth rate, born preterm, low APGAR score, presence of group B streptococcus.

Seniors can likewise have the disease. These are those with weakened immunity, due to aging, exposure to hospital, cancer, diabetes and other related.

 

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  1. August 25, 2019

    Sepsis is a serious complication of septicemia. It’s also known as blood poisoning, which occurs when a bacterial infection elsewhere in the body, such as the lungs or skin, enters the bloodstream. Sepsis causes inflammation throughout the body and can cause a cascade of changes that damage multiple organ systems, leading them to fail, sometimes even resulting in death.

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