Symptoms And Treatment Of Sepsis

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Once the sepsis criteria are met, the diagnosis of sepsis is added to the patient’s inpatient diagnosis, identifying the source of the infection and treatment it of it begins. Physicians, Nurses Practitioners, and Physicians assistants can order diagnostic studies such as x-rays, CT scans, MRI’s and ultrasounds, antibiotics (intravenously), and fluid therapies can all be ordered to help in treating the sepsis. Sepsis Treatment Sepsis should be to be considered a medical emergency and treatment should begin the minute a patient presents with symptoms. Treatment options may begin with applying oxygen to the patient. Providing oxygen to the patient can ensure the body has enough oxygen in its system to perfuse vital organs. Treating patients with intravenous fluids can not only hydrate the patient but help to bring up a patient’s blood pressure than make be low due to the sepsis. Intravenous fluids such as normal saline (a crystalloid fluids) are usually the fluid of choice when treating sepsis. Another group of fluids that may be administered are colloid solutions. Colloids solutions include albumin and dextran. Albumin can replace lost fluid and help restore blood volume. Is a plasma volume expander that can assist in treating hypovolemia? When patients have an unstable or low blood pressure it can lead to shock. “A 2006 study showed that the risk of death from sepsis increases by 7.6% with every hour that passes before treatment begins’ (Kumar, 2006, p.251).

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