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Sepsis

SEPSIS:

 

                 Sepsis or septicaemia is a life-threatening illness that can occur when the whole body reacts to an infection.


Sepsis is defined as the presence of numerous bacteria in the blood, which are actively dividing. This causes the body to respond in such a manner that there may be organ dysfunction. There may be a collapse of blood circulation (shock),depression of the heart, increased metabolic rate and abnormalities or organ function and thus sepsis is not considered to be a mere infection alone. 


 

Sepsis includes some of the following symptoms:

  • High fever over 100.4F or 38C
  • Chills and shivering
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting

 

Few are the tests that will help you understand the kind of sepsis & thus in turn helps for further treatment:


  • Blood culture
  • Urine culture
  • CBC (Complete blood count)
  • Lactate
  • Blood gases
  • Procalcitonin
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP)
  • PT and/or PTT or other clotting tests
  • C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • ECG
  • X-ray
  • CT (Computed Tomography) scan
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Ultrasound