Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)
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.
Sepsis is often life threatening, especially in people with a weakened immune system or with a chronic illness.
Disseminated intravascular coagulation
- Problems with blood flow to vital organs (brain, heart, kidneys)
Calling your health care provider