Septicaemia

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Septicaemia can be a very serious infection. It is caused when an [[Infection|infection]] reaches the [[Blood|blood]] stream.  
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Septicaemia, is a serious condition in which bacterial toxins enter the blood stream 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].&nbsp;<sup></sup>
  
Symptoms for septicaemia can include; fever, chills, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, confusion and red spots on the skin. Blood cultures can be taken to confirm that Septicaemia is present. Treatment for Septicaemia can include [[Antibiotics|antibiotics]], [[Oxygen|oxygen]] and [[Blood|blood]] and fluid transfusions. Usually, if a patient has Septicaemia then a hospital stay is required.
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Symptoms for septicaemia include;  
  
Septicaemia can often sadly result in death.
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*Fever
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*Chills
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*Rapid breathing
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*Nausea and vomiting&nbsp;
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*Rapid heart rate
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*Confusion
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*Red spots on the skin
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Sepsis results in body wide inflammation, as a result of untreated septicaemia. If this is not treated immediatley individuals often die from septic shock, due to a decrease in blood pressure [1].&nbsp;
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Blood cultures can be taken to confirm that Septicaemia is present. Treatment for Septicaemia can include [[Antibiotics|antibiotics]], [[Oxygen|oxygen]] and [[Blood|blood]] and fluid transfusions. Usually, if a patient has Septicaemia then a hospital stay is required.
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[1] Healthline. Septicaemia. 2015 [22.10.18] Available from:&nbsp;https://www.healthline.com/health/septicemia&nbsp;

Revision as of 11:30, 22 October 2018

Septicaemia, is a serious condition in which bacterial toxins enter the blood stream 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 immediatley individuals often die from septic shock, due to a decrease in blood pressure [1]. 

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.



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

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