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What is blood poisoning?

Blood poisoning is a nonspecific term used mainly by nonmedical individuals that describes, in the broadest sense, any adverse medical condition(s) due to the presence of any toxic agent in the blood. Usually, the layperson using the term blood poisoning is referring to the medical condition(s) that arise when bacteria or their products (or both) reach the blood. Blood poisoning is not a medical term and does not appear in many medical dictionaries or scientific publications. However, when it is used, the correct medical term that most closely matches its intended meaning is sepsis. Many medical authors consider the terms blood poisoning and sepsis to be interchangeable, but the trend in the medical literature is to use the term sepsis.

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Comment from: swedelady13, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

Three years ago my husband went into the hospital with severe abdominal pain, had a gastroscopy 3 days later, had vertigo while in the hospital, went back in next night with numbness on right side, sent home, back in 24 hours later, and told he had a mild stroke. Less than 24 hours later he was admitted to ICU with dropped blood pressure and high pulse. Back to room. Next day he was out of his head and in restraints. Next night he was back into ICU with pneumonia. He was sedated and treated for 32 hours and was back to the room. He was dead 3 days later from sepsis. Blood culture found staph and gram negative bacteria in blood after he passed. Don"t know where sepsis came from, didn"t think to do autopsy. It is very confusing. He was diagnosed with bile gastritis first trip in, then sensory stroke right side, then pneumonia, then sepsis. Infection did not show up on blood work in emergency room all 3 times he went in.

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Comment from: Becca, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 30

My husband received a power port and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube for chemotherapy on 3/7 and started chemotherapy and radiation on 3/19. On 4/2 he was in the hospital with high fever, heart rate and blood pressure. After 3 days he was released as non-specific infection. He did chemotherapy every Wednesday 5 times and each time I reported to the lead doctor he would run a high fever and all of the same symptoms as above and was told "it can"t be from the Cisplatin, the dose is not high enough", but they never tried to find out what the problem was. On 4/23 (18 days later) he was back in with 104 fever and 158 blood pressure, his heart rate was out of control and a parotid gland under his left ear was huge, the size of a lime they said. He was finally released on 4/30 with bacteremia, sepsis! We did home IV antibiotic infusions 24/7 for 22 days. Since my husband was not healing we saw OSU Infectious Disease, who were dumbfounded that the port was still in place, it should have been pulled out they claimed! In a couple of days our surgeon pulled the port claiming he was never advised by the hospital he works with. Now we have just started with IV infusions for 1/2 hour every day at the hospital with a stronger antibiotic, post port removal. We were told by the hospital, "someone broke protocol accessing his port" as the culprit for this, but right now everyone is pointing fingers since they all failed to recognize this in early April or did not send him home then with antibiotics.

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