What? It is an infection that is caused by bacteria contaminating a person’s blood otherwise known as blood poisoning. There are many things that can lead to septicemia such as, cuts which are infected.
How? Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC)
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) is a global initiative to bring together professional organizations in reducing mortality from sepsis. The purpose of the SSC is to create an international collaborative effort to improve the treatment of sepsis and reduce the high mortality rate associated with the condition. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have teamed up to achieve a 25 percent reduction in sepsis mortality by 2009.
Treatments for Septicemia
The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Septicemia includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.
Antibiotics - often in large doses
Specific antibiotics - one the causative agent has been identified.
Life support measures
Treatment of any underlying condition
How does this affect the blood component?
Decrease or increase in white blood cells.
Positive blood culture (presence of foreign microorganism).
Platelet count drops.
Blood pressure increases
Heart beat elevates
Alternative Treatments for Septicemia
Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Septicemia may include:
Anthracinum homeopathic remedy
Pyrogenium homeopathic remedy
Arsenicum homeopathic remedy
Carbo vegetabilis homeopathic remedy
Crotalus horridus homeopathic remedy
Why are there so many diseases with "sepsis," "septic," "septicemia," or "blood poisoning" in their name?
Unfortunately, both medical personnel and laypeople have used these terms interchangeably and then linked them to either a particular organism (usually bacterial) that can cause sepsis or to a site in the body in which an infection originates that leads to sepsis as described above. For example, meningococcal sepsis, meningococcal septicemia, septic meningitis, and meningococcal blood poisoning can refer to the same entity; an infection of the patient by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis that has spread from the meninges (brain membranes) to the bloodstream, resulting in the patient having at least two of the four criteria outlined above for sepsis. Common examples of a body site used in the same way are puerperal sepsis, puerperal septicemia, puerperal or childbirth blood poisoning, and maternal septicemia postpartum. All four terms represent infection of the female reproductive system that leads to sepsis criteria for the patient. The infectious agent is not described when the body site is linked to "sepsis" or the other terms. The following is a short partial list of both organism and organ system (and organ-related) terms that are seen in both the lay and medical literature:
MRSA sepsis: sepsis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria
VRE sepsis: sepsis caused by vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus species of bacteria
urosepsis: sepsis originating from a urinary tract infection
wound sepsis: sepsis originating from an infection of a wound
neonatal sepsis or septicemia: sepsis seen in newborns, usually in the first four weeks after birth
septic abortion: an abortion due to infection with sepsis in the mother
There are many more examples of linking terms to sepsis (for example, AIDS, tattoo, spider bite). Occasionally, terms like hemorrhagic septicemia are used to describe a symptom (internal bleeding) that occurs with sepsis. The trend in medicine currently is to decrease the use of the terms septicemia and blood poisoning in favor of the terms sepsis or septic, because sepsis is defined most concisely.
What? function of the blood component/ structure in circulatory system?
White blood cells - Involve in the production of Antibodies or Phagocytosis.
Platelet - Play a role in the clotting of blood.
Blood pressure and heart beat (speed) - Bring oxygen and food materials to the cells at a normal rate.
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