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Sepsis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

Sepsis is treated with antibiotics, fluids injected directly into the body, and medications to restore normal blood pressure. The person is usually treated in the intensive care unit of a hospital. Certain heart or lung monitors may be placed in the person to measure blood pressure and other vital signs. Some people may need a ventilator (a breathing machine) to help them breathe. Sepsis will usually improve as the infection heals. In some cases surgery, is needed to remove or drain an abscess (ab-sess) or other tissue.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects depend on the medication taken. People who have surgery are at high risk.

What happens after treatment for the infection?

The person is monitored to make sure blood pressure returns to normal and the sepsis resolves.

How is the infection monitored?

The person will be monitored with physical examinations and blood tests. Cultures will be taken of blood, urine, or other fluids to check for continuing infection.

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Author: Bill Harrison, MD
Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
Date Reviewed: 04/19/01

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