Signs of Sepsis

What are the signs of sepsis you should never ignore? If you, a loved one, or in the case of medical professionals their patient, feels “severely sick”, doesn’t appear to be themselves and shows any of the following symptoms, sepsis should be suspected: weakness loss of appetite fever and chills thirst difficult or rapid breathing…Read more »

Treatment for Sepsis should not be delayed

In almost every case of sepsis, patients need to be hospitalized, treated with appropriate intravenous antibiotics (usually broad-spectrum), and given therapy to support any organ dysfunction. Sepsis can quickly cause organ damage and death; therapy should not be delayed as statistics suggest as high as a 7% mortality increase per hour if antibiotics are delayed…Read more »

Sepsis Six

The Sepsis Six is the name given to a bundle of medical therapies designed to reduce mortality in patients with sepsis. 2011, The UK Sepsis Trust published evidence that use of the Sepsis Six was linked to a 50% reduction in mortality, a decreased length of stay in hospital, and fewer intensive care days.[3] –…Read more »

Antibiotic Treatment within the hour

If you have severe sepsis and septic shock, antibiotics will be given directly into a vein (intravenously). Ideally, antibiotic treatment should start within an hour of diagnosis to reduce the risk of serious complications or death. Intravenous antibiotics are usually replaced by tablets after two to four days.

Sepsis overview

Sepsis symptoms in children under five Go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these symptoms: looks mottled, bluish or pale is very lethargic or difficult to wake feels abnormally cold to touch is breathing very fast has a rash that does not fade when you press it has a…Read more »

What Causes Septicemia

What causes septicemia? Septicemia is caused by an infection in another part of your body. This infection is typically severe. Many types of bacteria can lead to septicemia. The exact source of the infection often can’t be determined. The most common infections that lead to septicemia are: urinary tract infections lung infections, such as pneumonia…Read more »

Symptoms of Sepsis

  Stage 1: Uncomplicated sepsis caused by infections . Initial response with SIRS, that is manifested by two or more of the following conditions: Temperature >38.3°C or <36.0°C Heart rate >90bpm Respiratory rate >20 breaths/min White cell count <4 or >12g/L New altered mental state Blood glucose >7.7mmol/L (not diabetic) Stage 2: Severe sepsis occurs…Read more »

sepsis

Suspected sepsis, known as the ‘silent killer’, should be treated as a serious emergency, similarly to someone having a heart attack, says England’s health watchdog, NICE. We look into what causes sepsis as well as the signs, symptoms and treatment of this potentially fatal infection. New guidelines from NICE (The National Institute of Health and…Read more »