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Blood Poisoning Defined

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Updated January 22, 2012

Definition: Blood poisoning, commonly known as sepsis, an infection of the blood stream. It is a severe infection, traveling throughout the entire body, and can happen after surgery or an injury.

Blood poisoning can develop into a life-threatening illness, and must be treated with IV antibiotics. In serious cases it will cause low blood pressure, alter the mental status of a patient, cause chills, and a general feeling of poor health.

Septic shock, the name for severe blood poisoning, is treated with medication to increase blood pressure and high doses of antibiotics. It is a life-threatening illness.

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Also Known As: sepsis, septic shock, septicemia, bacteremia,
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Blood poisoning is a very serious illness and must be treated by antibiotics to prevent septic shock.
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