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How Is Sepsis Treated?

What Is the Usual Sepsis Treatment?

Fast, aggressive treatment boosts the chances of surviving sepsis. People who have sepsis require close monitoring and treatment in a hospital intensive care unit. If you have sepsis or septic shock, lifesaving measures may be needed to stabilize breathing, blood pressure, and heart function.

Sepsis treatment guidelines follow a multi-pronged approach:

  • Initial sepsis treatment begins with a blood draw, cultures and imaging (if needed) to confirm a Sepsis diagnosis
  • If Sepsis is present, then intravenous antibiotics and fluids are administered
  • Fever reducing and / or pain medications may be administered for symptomatic relief
  • Other supportive medications can also include vasoconstrictors, blood pressure supports, and steroids.
  • Depending on progress, further imaging and blood work may be necessary to rule out any other concerns
  • Surgery may be necessary depending on the site of the infection
  • If further complications and and/or septic shock develop, treatment may be required in the intensive care unit by a team of highly skilled and specialized doctors and nurses
  • Depending on progress, additional support for breathing (ventilators) or kidneys (dialysis) may be required

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