Sepsis begins with infection by bacteria or a virus. This panoramic ilustration inside a blood vessel shows rod-shaped bacteria, red blood cells and immune cells called leukocytes.
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Sepsis onset can be difficult to recognize, in part because its symptoms can mimic those of many other conditions. A treatment delay of even a few hours can make the difference between life and death.
Penicillin ushered in the antibiotics revolution, with amazing results during war and peace.
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Albert Alexander was the first known person treated with penicillin. While his ultimately fatal case is well known in medical histories, the cause of his illness has been misattributed for decades.
The lack diagnostic laboratory systems exacerbates antibiotic resistance in Africa.
Healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to laboratory diagnostics and often have to guess which antibiotics to use for presumed infections.
At least 5,000 Australians die each year as a result of sepsis, more commonly known as blood poisoning.
With an ageing population, and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, now is the time to be worried about sepsis.
Drips and other medical devices were potential sources of infection. But no-one expected to find hospital-acquired pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
A surprising number of people are catching pneumonia or urinary tract infections in hospital, a new Australian study shows for the first time.
Sepsis can maim or kill within hours. Here’s how to identify the condition.
No mother wants their baby to develop jaundice, but it turns out that they should probably be grateful.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush attend Barbara Bush’s funeral service.
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Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized for sepsis, which can be serious. Just what is this disease that accounts for one-third of all hospital deaths? A speed read explains the dangers.
Pills and ills.
Antimicrobial stewardship is proving effective, but we’re not fully across what is happening.
Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea, once easily dispatched with penicillin, are spreading across the globe resulting in chronic pain and sterility.
Without leading edge innovations and coordination, Canadians will die from the epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections.
How safe is a dog lick, anyway?
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It’s possible – but rare – for a lick from the family pup to transmit bacteria that can cause dangerous blood poisoning.
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Boxer Muhammad Ali died of septic shock, after being admitted to the hospital for a respiratory problem. Despite the fact more than a million people are hospitalized with sepsis each year, fewer than half of Americans know what the word sepsis means.
Diagnosing sepsis isn’t easy.
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Even though sepsis is growing more common, doctors still have trouble diagnosing it.
Clean up act.
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