Recognize, Respond, Recover: Saving Patients from Sepsis

April 2, 2019
Our immune system is a wondrous defender, always on duty, protecting our body from bacteria, viruses, and other harmful invaders. But, sometimes, it can go a little haywire and turn on itself. That is how sepsis begins. The result can be serious damage and even death.

 

Healthcare Purchasing News Magazine  -- Sepsis can be tricky to diagnose. It is not clear cut, because the symptoms can be attributed to other causes. Diagnosis of sepsis is not based only on an infection but on several symptoms. Some people are more susceptible to sepsis: the very young, the very old, those with chronic illnesses, and the immunocompromised. Severe sepsis can lead to organ dysfunction such as difficulty breathing, low or no urine output, abnormal liver tests, and changes in mental status. Septic shock is the most serious level of sepsis and is diagnosed when blood pressure drops dangerously.

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