Other term – Sepsis
Septicemia is bacteria in the blood (bacteremia) that often occurs with severe infections.It is a potentially life threatening condition.
It occurs with a known or suspected infection whose signs and symptoms fulfill at least two of the following criteria of a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) –
- Increased heart rate (tachycardia) >90 beats per minute at rest
- body temperature either high (> 38 degree centigrade) or low (< 36 degree centigrades)
- Increased respiratory rate [>20 breaths per minute or a reduced PaCO2 (partial pressure of carbon dioxide in arterial blood level)]
- Abnormal white blood cell count (>12000 cells/µL or10% bands [an immature type of white blood cell])
Patients who meet the above criteria are said to have sepsis.« Back to Glossary Index