What is Sepsis?

Sepsis arise when chemicals discharged into the circulation system to fight diseases trigger inflammatory responses. This can, in turn, trigger a course of changes that can harm different organ systems and cause them to fail. Sepsis is common in old age and in people with a weak immune system. 


People with sepsis often experience the following symptoms or signs:

  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Decrease in platelet count
  • Abdominal pain
  • High respiration rate
  • High body temperature
  • High heart rate


Causes of sepsis include:

  • Kidney infection
  • Bacteremia
  • Abdominal infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Old age


Sepsis is typical and riskier in the event that you:

  • Have a weak immune system
  • Are very old or young
  • Have wounds
  • Are having a high fever


The disease can be prevented by:

  • Proper wound care
  • Cleanliness

How is it diagnosed?

Specialists frequently conduct the following tests to confirm the infection:


How is it treated?

Prior medical attention improves chances of surviving Sepsis. Patients with sepsis require intensive care and monitoring round the clock.


  • Surgery

    Surgery is suggested by the specialist when the infection can’t be controlled by medication. The source of infection is removed by surgery.

  • Medication

    Medications that can be used to treat sepsis are:

    • Vasopressors: Vasopressors are used to increase blood pressure by constricting blood vessels.
    • Antibiotics: Antibiotics are effective against bacteria. They should be used as soon as infection is confirmed.

When do I contact the doctor?

One should look for immediate medical care, in case the prominent symptoms of sepsis are observed.

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How does Medanta provide care?

Medanta Institute of Critical Care and Anaesthesiology constitutes a devoted team of critical care doctors who deal with the most seriously ill patients. The facility is equipped with state of the art technology and has a capacity of 300 ICU beds...

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