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Do you know what Sepsis is?

  1. skperdon profile image83
    skperdonposted 4 years ago

    Do you know what Sepsis is?

    I experienced Sepsis after a surgery, I didn't know what it was.

  2. teamrn profile image67
    teamrnposted 4 years ago

    If you had an operation, it is possible that you developed what is called a 'post-op infection.' Those infections are usually treated easily with IV antibiotics. There are times when that infection goes unrecognized and gets into the blood and that is called 'sepsis' or septicemia.

    Septicemia/sepsis is dangerous and a medical emergency. The blood pressure can drop and heart rate goes up and down. There are many more symptoms and cultres of the blood tell you what 'bug' is in the blood. Hemodynamically (the way the heart and lungs work together) the patient is very unstable with chills alternating with a fever.

    That is why there is so much emphasis on NOT getting an infection after surgery, Why they often give you a preventative dose of antibiotics before surgery and after surgery and DURING surgery, strict sterility is maintained. If surgery is required to make your body whole, the doctors want to do as much as they can to make the surgery a success. You've heard, 'the operation was a success, but the patient died?'

    That's one of the reasons. The surgery went fine, but the patient became septic and died. When one develops sepsis, treatment isn't always successful. so the best thing is to prevent a localized infection in the first place. Then, if it DOES develop, prevent it from spreading to the bloodstream in sepsis.

  3. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 4 years ago

    Sepsis is blood poisoning.  Infections get into your blood and can carry the infection to other areas of the body. It can be very dangerous and fatal.

  4. Jmillis2006 profile image60
    Jmillis2006posted 4 years ago

    Sepsis is an infection that has spread to ones blood stream.