- An existing infection
- Contagious diseases
- A dirty needle used by an IV drug user
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- Recent illness or hospital care, especially surgery
- Frail health due to increased age
- Poorly working immune system due to:
- Medical treatment with an invasive device
- IV drug abuse
- Crowded living conditions as in the case of some types of pneumonia and meningitis
- Fever and chills
- Low temperature
- Pale skin color
- Changes in mental status
- Rapid breathing/distress
- Increased heart rate/weak pulse
- Decreased urine
- Problems with bleeding or clotting
- Blood cultures and tests
- Urine cultures and tests
- Sputum cultures
- Stool cultures
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
Society of Critical Care Medicine http://www.sccm.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Neonatal sepsis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed . Updated April 18, 2013. Accessed June 17, 2013.
Sepsis in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed . Updated May 21, 2013. Accessed June 17, 2013.
Sepsis in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed . Updated May 17, 2013. Accessed June 17, 2013.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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