Signs And Symptoms Of Sepsis

1020 Words Oct 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Early identification of sepsis in emergency department patients could be the difference between life and death. An emergency department nurse should be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis, know the proper fluid bolus rate for resuscitation, and initiate intravenous antibiotics within an hour of the patient arriving to the emergency department. According to the sepsis alliance website, "The word sepsis comes from the Greek meaning "decay" or "to putrefy." In medical terms, sepsis is defined as either "the presence of pathogenic organisms or their toxins in the blood and tissues" or "the poisoned condition resulting from the presence of pathogens or their toxins as in septicemia" (Definition of Sepsis, n.d). Sepsis is a life threatening illness but if signs and symptoms are recognized early enough the outcome is generally good. Remember, "Time is Tissue."
The purpose of this paper is to answer my PICO question, which is; In adult patients, does initiating fluids and antibiotics within a certain amount of time reduce the mortality rate compared to not initiating fluids and antibiotics within a certain amount of time? The first search I conducted was on the benefits of initialing fluids, 30ml/kg minimum completely infused within the first three hours of recognizing possible sepsis. The most important part in early sepsis is getting vascular access and beginning the fluid resuscitation process. Delaying intravenous fluid resuscitation can result in tissue…
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