Sepsis is definitely the number one killer of patients in my medical/surgical ICU. Most of our patients come in because of some kind of infection that their bodies cannot fight on their own. Usual symptoms that these types of patients exhibit are tachycardia (high heart rate), fever, and hypotension (low blood pressure). We place patients on vasopressor medications (medications to increase blood pressure) and on antibiotics. Then we wait to see if their bodies will recover from the infection or if they will continue to get worse. This article is about a biomarker than can be identified to show whether or not patients have bacteria in their blood (in other words "sepsis").

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

In my medical ICU, the vast majority of patients are in septic shock because of some type of infection. Have you ever had a patient's family ask you about sepsis? "Why is my family member's blood pressure so low?" Is there any easy way to explain this to them or do you just say, "their body is reacting abnormally to a widespread infection?"

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AuthorCourtney Tracy
CategoriesPhysiology