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FAQ - Sepsis
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How long does Sepsis take to go into effect, after infection?


I had a ingrown toenail infection, and I was wondering how I would know if I had sepsis. The infection is getting better, but I was curious anyway. I had sepsis before, and I'm not displaying any of the symptoms of my previous sepsis infection.
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from a local infection site like that you would notice lots of painful localised swelling, redness and itching etc, it would probably start to spread up your foot and you could see this happening. A healthy person would develop a fever and start to feel unwell with a worsening infection like this before a sepsis was likely (unless it was a really, really nasty bug). People who have problems with immunity (or those with diabetes) would wanna sort it urgently as their risk of rapidly developing sepsis is high.
Sepsis equals- high temp, low blood pressure, purpuric rash and deterioration unless treated.
Aren't you glad your toe-nail is better.  (+ info)

How long can you have sepsis infection before symptoms start showing?


My Dad died of sepsis infection in 2008. His Doctor told us it extended from his heart valve being replaced. That was 3-1/2 years before he died. Can you have that for that long & not know it?
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The heart valve was a predisposing factor, but he didn't have sepsis since it was replaced.

Your dad likely had endocarditis, which is an infection of the valve of the heart. It's caused by bacteria sticking to the valve (at some point in time), and then showering all over the body. The reason is unclear, but people can have symptoms for weeks (low grade fever etc), or be acutely ill (i.e. very bad in a couple days).

It's unfortunate, but again most people with sepsis and no other source (i.e. replaced valves, hardware, etc) will be ill pretty quickly.  (+ info)

What is the difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia?


I heard that septicemia is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. I was wondering what the difference between septicemia, sepsis, and bacteremia is? Is one of them blood poisoning? If that's the case, is it possible to have that condition without any microbial activity going on, like if you get certain non-microbial toxic agents in your body? Is one of the three a blood infection? What's the difference between all three of them?

Thanks!
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These are nesting categories.

Sepsis is the presence of a pathogenic microorganism (bacteria, virus, parasite, or fungus) or its toxin somewhere in the body, whether that be a tissues of some organ, a body fluid (blood, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, amniotic fluid) or a body cavity. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sepsis

Septicemia is specific for infection of the blood by any pathological organism. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/septicemia

Bacteremia is infection of the blood by a bacteria. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bacteremia

So, bacteremia is a type of septicemia, and septicemia is a type of sepsis.  (+ info)

How long does it take to recover from sepsis?


My mom got gastric bypass and they nicked her intestines and didn't realize it. Well the next day she got very sick and went into sepsis. She has been in ICU now for 22 days and is still running a fever and is still asleep. They have "cleaned" her out 8 times now. I wonder if she will ever get better and if she does, how long is it gonna take?
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Unfortunately there is no way to know how long recovery will take. Some patients turn the corner to recovery quickly and others may take longer. This depends on their overall health and what is causing the sepsis. Every patient reacts differently.
Speak to her doctors, they may be able to give you some answers.  (+ info)

How to tell apart mild sepsis from severe one?


My mom is hospitalized with E. Coli Sepsis. She is having fever on and off now for 3 days. Blood pressure is normal and no organ failure. The doctor is doing blood culture again and preparing to do CT. She seemed ok when the fever subsides.

Is her case serious?
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you are in the ocean and you are about to be bitten by a shark

do you want to be bitten by a

1) 10 foot great white
or
2) 10 foot hammer head

Sepsis is a systemic (total body) poisoning. there is no such thing as a mild sepsis. you mom is sick.

i'm not sugar coating this, i'm cutting it strait with you. at issue is the level of poison dumped in her system and the source (e. coli) and how strong it is.

until she is clear of the infection (dumping the poison) and the poison itself, she will be sick.

that she is holding her own tells you that she is in good hands and that she is strong. but don't stop your prayer for her either.

again, remember the analogy of the shark above, sepsis is serious, always  (+ info)

What are the survival chances of someone with pneumonia and sepsis?


If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there a chance of recovery?
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Hi wow that is a hard one. It all depends on how healthy they were going into this ordeal. Sepsis is not good nor is pneumonia. There are awesome antibiotics on the market now that work good for pneumonia and sepsis. If they are on life support already it will be a tough battle. But again depending on how healthy they were in the beginning, and if their body is able to help fight this. There is always a chance of recovery a person just needs to be hopeful and trust your doctors. Good Luck and i hope if this is your loved one that everything comes out okay.  (+ info)

How long does a baby have sepsis before they pass away from it?


My son passed away from sepsis in september. I was curious to know how long a baby can have sepsis before they pass away. The doctor's won't give me any straight answers and apparently they found out that's what he died of after he died. I am angry that they couldn't catch it sooner or if it was possible to detect it sooner.... help me please!
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it could be a day. It could be weeks. No one can tell you that.  (+ info)

Who would I get to investigate hospital for sepsis outbreak?


My dad went into the emergency room with pneumonia and low oxygen he ended up in the ICU with sepsis and died. Everyone that was in the ICU had ended up with sepsis and died or was near death when we left.
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Contact The Joint Commission. They're responsible for accrediting the hospital and take patient complaints seriously. If the situation is plausible, they'll request medical records. If anything looks suspicious, they may follow up with a special inspection to review cleaning procedures, handwashing, and use of standard precautions.  (+ info)

Has anyone ever had a newborn with PPHN and sepsis? I wanted to know someone elses story?


My term- newborn was born with PPHN and sepsis due to inhaling meconium, i was wondering if this had happened to anyone else and what there outcome was.
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Outcome

If this syndrome is severe, it can result in death. Prior to the introduction of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support, mortality rates were reported from 12 to 50% {Fox, 1977},{Dworetz, 1989}. Although extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support has increased survival to about 85% in infants with severe Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn, it may be associated with significant morbidity in 10-45% of patients {Andrews, 1984},{Donn, 1988},{Schumacher, 1988},{Taylor, 1989}. "Spontaneous" resolution of this condition may occur 36 hours to several weeks after birth.

Follow-up of survivors (without congenital diaphragmatic hernia) several months after birth has revealed few abnormalities of pulmonary or circulatory systems. However, other significant problems have been reported. In those infants treated with hyperventilation, sensorineural hearing loss has been found in up to 53% of survivors {Walton,1991},{Hendricks-Munoz, 1988}. Others reports did not substantiate such a high incidence of hearing loss {Ferrara, 1984}. Advocates of "gentle ventilation" reported no hearing loss {Marron, 1992}. The length of hyperventilation needed was predictive of neurodevelopmental outcome {Bifano, 1988} in the pre-ECMO era. In general, most reports demonstrated excellent neurodevelopmental outcomes in survivors of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn {Brett, 1981},{Bernbaum, 1984},{Ferrara, 1984}.  (+ info)

What are the differences between BACTEREMIA and SEPSIS or SEPTICEMIA?


I was under the impression that sepsis meant the proliferation of bacteria in the blood stream however now I'm confused and am wondering if septicemia is just a larger umbrella term for pathogens in the blood whereas bacteremia is specific to bacteria in the blood.

Can anyone clarify this? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Sepsis-- having pus in some part of body.
Bacteremia-- Presence of large numbers of bacteria in the circulating blood in the body.
Septicemia-- Bacteria are not present in blood ,they are in some other part of body.They produce large amount of harm full chemicals, which is absorbed in the blood, circulate in blood & produce harmfull effects upon the body.
Sepsis can be very well controlled with the use of effective antibiotics,but baceraemia & septicaemia are very serios consequences of infection & some times prove to be fatal if not takrn care properly and efficiently at the earliest.
I think this will solve your curiocity. A nice question ,Thanks, Yahoo needs such type of question.  (+ info)

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