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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Septicemia

What is Septicemia?


Septicemia is the clinical name for blood poisoning. This medical condition can be fatal, especially if the patient is allowed to progress into the stage of shock, and onset can be alarmingly rapid. If septicemia is suspected, a patient should be taken to a hospital for immediate medical attention.

What causes Septicemia?

Surgery, latent infections, and burns can all lead to septicemia, which is one very good reason to monitor any infections to ensure that they do not spread. A case of septicemia starts with bacteria or toxins that they produce invading the body by entering through the throat, gets into bloodstream, resulting in a coagulation (change to a solid or semisolid state) of the blood as the body tries to fight the bacteria

What are some of the symptoms of Septicemia?

The symptoms are confusion, chills, sweating, high fever and weakness. The heart rate and respiratory rate (number of breaths per minute) rise in association with the rising fever. If the condition progresses, the patient's blood pressure will drop, and the bacteria will start attacking major organs of the body, including the brain, rapidly causing severe damage which can be very difficult to treat.

How to treat Septicemia?

Antibiotics are used to treat the illness, which helps to kill the bacteria causing the condition. Transfusions of blood may also be utilized, along with dialysis and fluid replacement for patients suffering from diarrhoea. Patients with severe septicemia may be put on life support to help them breathe and to stabilize their heart rates.

How to prevent Septicemia?

You can prevent septicemia by maintaining good hygiene and general health, because it minimizes exposure to bacteria. It also ensures that your body can resist bacterial infections when it is exposed to harmful organisms.

If you have had surgical procedures, you should keep an eye on the site where the procedure was performed, and do not be afraid to speak up about any soreness, swelling, and general discomfort.

It is also important to receive medical treatment for deep cuts and puncture wounds so that you are able to receive proper treatment to prevent septicemia and the onset of septicemia.

Sources - Google

Done by: Denise, Arthur, Norul, Jin Hui, Matthew, Hakeem

27 comments:

A.L. said...

Denise did most of the work, so props go to her.

bored-kid said...

I learnt that Septicemia is another name for Blood poisoning.

Tshin Qi Ren

bored-kid said...

I also learnt that we can prevent septicemia by maintaining good hygiene and general health as this minimize our exposure with germs.

Mitchel Goh said...

I learnt how to prevent septicemia which is by maintaining good hygiene and general health, because it minimizes exposure to bacteria.

Norullayaley said...

Jun Hui, sorry but I accidentally spelt your name wrong ^^v

Mitchel Goh said...

I learnt that even though it is a little cut or wound,it can lead to life-threating diseases

sstjourney said...

1) I have learnt that infections and burns can also lead to septicemia, so we must ensure that infections do not spread.
2) I have learnt that Septicemia can be fatal.

Millie

Kim said...

I've learnt that Septicemia is actually blood poisoning. Surgery, latent infections and burns can all lead to septicemia.

Kimberly

helene said...

I learnt that Septicemia is actually blood poisoning

endless midnight said...

not going to forgive you... *steams*

Pasakorn Konwohrachet said...

I've learnt that septicemia involves blood poisoning, an can be caused by infections.

jeremy said...

Surgery, latent infections, and burns can all cause septicemia

endless midnight said...

*feels very insulted*

Kim said...

I've learnt that antibiotics are used to treat Septicemia. Antibiotics kill the bacteria that caused the condition.

Kimberly

helene said...

I learnt that surgery and infections can all lead to septicemia.

jeremy said...

I learned that septicemia can cause severe damage to the brain which is difficult to treat.

Pasakorn Konwohrachet said...

I've learnt that we should watch what we do everyday, and be careful in whatever we do. If not, we might get septicemia.

yo yifan一凡 said...

Septicemia was for blood poisoning? I did not know that.

Wei Kang low said...

I learnt Septicemia is clinical name for blood poisoning and it can be caused by surgeries

serene said...

I have learnt that septicemia is a scientific name for blood poisoning.

Fatin Zafirah said...

I've learn that Septicemia is just a scientific name for blood poisoning.

yo yifan一凡 said...

I found out how to check if we had a blood infection

Matthew Wong said...

I learnt that surgery, latent infections, and burns can lead to septicemia.

IZK said...

I learnt that it starts with infections in the body
and that wounds can cause this disease

serene said...

I have learnt that even latent infections and burns can all lead to septicemia.

Roy Chua said...

I have learnt that septicemia is actually blood poisoning

Fatin Zafirah said...

I've learnt that the person with this disease can die even by shock.