Septicaemia

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Septicaemia is a serious condition in which bacterial toxins enter the bloodstream from another part of the body such as the lungs, resulting in blood poisoning. If this infection is not treated in a prompt manner the individual will develop the life-threatening condition, sepsis[1].

Symptoms for septicaemia include;

Sepsis results in body-wide inflammation, as a result of untreated septicaemia. If this is not treated immediately individuals often die from septic shock, due to a decrease in blood pressure[2].

Blood cultures can be taken to confirm that Septicaemia is present. Treatment for Septicaemia can include antibiotics, oxygen and blood and fluid transfusions. Usually, if a patient has Septicaemia then a hospital stay is required.

References

  1. Healthline. Septicaemia. 2015 [22.10.18] Available from: https://www.healthline.com/health/septicemia
  2. Healthline. Septicaemia. 2015 [22.10.18] Available from: https://www.healthline.com/health/septicemia
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