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Symptoms of severe sepsis
Severe sepsis, is sepsis that is causing poor organ function, or insufficient blood flow to the body. Insufficient blood flow can manifest as either low blood pressure, high blood lactate, or low urine output.
Most commonly, the infection is bacterial, but it may also be fungal, viral, or protozoan. Common locations for the primary infection include the lungs, brain, urinary tract, skin, and abdominal organs.
In 2016, SIRS was replaced with a shortened sequential organ failure assessment score (called the SOFA score). With the quick SOFA, if the patient has any two of, increased breathing rate, change in their level of consciousness, or low blood pressure, then they meet the criteria.
Fluid replacement and blood pressure
If fluid replacement is not enough to maintain blood pressure, medications that raise blood pressure may be used. Mechanical ventilation and dialysis may be needed, to support the function of the lungs and kidneys.
Monitoring blood pressure
To guide treatment, a central venous catheter, and an arterial catheter may be placed for access to the bloodstream. Other measurements such as cardiac output, and superior vena cava oxygen saturation may be used.
Risks of sepsis
People with sepsis need preventive measures for deep vein thrombosis, stress ulcers and pressure ulcers, unless other conditions prevent such interventions. Some might benefit from tight control of blood sugar levels with insulin.
Millions are affected by sepsis each year, with a rate of 0.2-3 people per thousand, per year in the developed world. But the global burden of disease is unknown since little data exists from the developing world.
Change in rate of disease
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Septicemia... has been used... in a variety of ways... We therefore suggest that this term be eliminated from current usage.