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|bacterial toxins]] enter the bloodstream from another part of the body such as the [[lungs|lungs]], resulting in blood poisoning. If this infection is not treated in a prompt manner the individual will develop the life-threatening condition, sepsis<ref>Healthline. Septicaemia. 2015 [22.10.18] Available from: https://www.healthline.com/health/septicemia</ref>.  
  
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 and fluid transfusions. Usually if a patient has Septicaemia then a hospital stay in required.&nbsp;<br>
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Symptoms for septicaemia include;  
  
Septicaemia can often sadly result in death.<br>
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*Fever
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*Chills
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*Rapid breathing
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*Nausea and vomiting
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*Rapid heart rate
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*Confusion
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*Red spots on the skin
  
=== References ===
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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<ref>Healthline. Septicaemia. 2015 [22.10.18] Available from: https://www.healthline.com/health/septicemia</ref>.
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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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=== References ===
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Latest revision as of 17:58, 22 October 2018

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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