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What are the treatment options for sepsis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The first treatment given to someone with sepsis is always wide spectrum antibiotics, even before the original infection is diagnosed. Usually this will take place in a hospital's intensive care unit. Doctors will administer these antibiotics until the original source of bacteria is discovered and then they can prescribe a more specific antibiotic. A vasopressor medication may be given to increase blood pressure, and corticosteroids are used to reduce inflammation. If a person is suffering from septic shock, doctors will supply them with fluid intravenously and oxygen through a mask or a breathing tube. In some cases, surgery is needed to remove an artificial medical device in the body, to drain abscesses, or to remove dead tissue.

Dr. Randolph P. Martin, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

The most important aspects of sepsis treatment are:

  1. Early recognition
  2. The institution of early antibiotics
  3. Giving IV fluids
  4. When there is not adequate blood pressure produced by the body, health care provides may prescribe medications that address the issue

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