Sepsis

  • Alternative Names

    Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)


    Treatment

    If you have sepsis, you will be admitted to a hospital, usually the intensive care unit (ICU). Antibiotics are given through a vein (intravenously).

    Oxygen, fluids given through a vein, and medications that increase blood pressure may be needed. Dialysis may be necessary if there is kidney failure. A breathing machine (mechanical ventilation) is necessary if there is lung failure.

    For some patients, treatment with powerful anti-inflammatory medications called corticosteroids or recombinant human activated protein C may be helpful.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Sepsis is often life threatening, especially in people with a weakened immune system or with a chronic illness.


    Complications
    • Death
    • Disseminated intravascular coagulation
    • Problems with blood flow to vital organs (brain, heart, kidneys)
    • Septic shock

    Calling your health care provider