Sepsis

Subject: Sepsis

What? Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection. Sepsis can begin as a viral, bacterial or fungal infection. The body stops fighting the infection and develops a toxic reaction to the infection. This reaction in severe cases is considered toxic shock, the organs (liver, brain, kidneys) are damaged, blood pressure drops and death can result.

Why? History – Sepsis develops when chemicals in our immune system get released into the bloodstream to fight an infection. cause inflammation throughout the entire body instead. Severe cases of sepsis can lead to septic shock which is a medical emergency. Even contagious disease transmission can be reduced and eliminated by the use of a hospital grade disinfectant on all hard surfaces and containers.

How does it relate to the skin? It relates to the skin because it causes inflammation throughout the entire body. If people have a weakened immune system sepsis is often appear. Using Standard/Universal Precautions and separating clients through complete disinfection of area between clients can help spreading pathogens from client to client and from operator to client.

When? Implications It can happen where there is a break in the skin. The skin care industry has a high potential for bacterial transmission through working on the skin and the potential to spread viruses when estheticians work on ill clients or come in to work while ill. Sepsis in not indicative of any particular infection or mode of transmission, it is the body’s response to the infection and is not always predictable so no break in the skin or failure to disinfect a wound or broken skin can be taken for granted.

Where does it typically occur? It occurs in the body. There are three stages of sepsis which are sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock. Sepsis is common in senior citizens. It can occur where ever bacteria can enter the body. It can happen through an bug bite, cut in the skin, viral infection. The infection itself does not indicated sepsis it is the body’s toxic response to the pathogen.

Who benefits from this? None. Even contagious disease transmission can be reduced and eliminated by the use of a hospital grade disinfectant on all hard surfaces and containers. It is the body’s response to the infection and is not always predictable so no break in the skin or failure to disinfect a wound or broken skin can be taken for granted.

What causes this? Sepsis can be life-threatening. Sepsis ranges from mild to severe. There’s a higher rate of recovery in milder cases. Antibiotic resistance is when an antibiotic loses its ability to resist or kill bacteria. Doctors are not sure why a routing infection turns into sepsis. They know it is more common in the very old the very young and people with compromised immune systems.

How? Solutions (Mechanical /Machines) Because the body needs more oxygen some patients are often placed on mechanical ventilators to give their lungs and body some rest and a chance to heal. The autoclave can completely eliminate all pathogens on the surface of metal implements that come in contact with the client’s skin.

How? Solutions (Non Mechanical) Low blood pressure may occur with severe sepsis. The patient needs to receive intravenous fluids in the hospital. Fluids can help to prevent dehydration. You can only try to prevent an infection by following Standard/Universal Precautions (assuming everyone has a blood borne illness) and maintaining a work area clean and pathogen free. Gloves and masque also prevent cross contamination form client to operator.

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