This is when chemicals are released into the blood to fight an infection. This causes reactions that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.
Bacteremia is when bacteria enter the bloodstream through an infection anywhere in the body. Sepsis occurs when chemicals are released into the bloodstream to fight an infection. These chemicals cause the body to react in ways that can lead to damage of tissue, failure of organs and even death. Sepsis can arise from an infection at any site. Some common infections that can lead to sepsis include:
Sepsis can be associated with many different symptoms. As the infection enters the bloodstream it can cause:
Additional symptoms may be related to where the infection began. For example, a urinary tract infection may be associated with frequent urination or back pain in the area of the kidneys.
Sepsis is a medical emergency! If you have any symptoms of sepsis, you should seek immediate care at a facility that can handle medical emergencies, such as an emergency room.
Some ways to prevent sepsis and its complications include:
This care path includes the costs for inpatient evaluation and treatment of a blood infection (sepsis).
You should see a healthcare provider if you have an infection, especially if you develop signs and symptoms of sepsis. Remember, sepsis is a medical emergency!
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