septic shock


Definition of septic shock

: a life-threatening form of sepsis that usually results from the presence of gram-negative bacteria and their toxins in the bloodstream and that is characterized especially by decreased blood flow to organs and tissues, hypotension, organ dysfunction (as of the heart, kidneys, or lungs), impaired mental state, and often multiple organ failure

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Recent Examples on the Web Greg Manteufel, also from Wisconsin, was rushed to hospital after going into septic shock, had both legs amputated up through his kneecaps, and underwent surgery to remove parts of both of his hands. Claire Gillespie,, "Man Dies From Multi-Organ Failure After His Dog Licked Him and Transmitted a Rare Infection," 25 Nov. 2019 One resident, a 72-year-old Marine Corps veteran, died of septic shock stemming from an untreated urinary tract infection, dysphasia and pneumonia: complications spurred by improper medical care and neglect. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, "State charges 10 with fraud, manslaughter in connection with shuttered assisted living facility," 24 Sep. 2019 Doctors at the hospital estimated the girl had been in septic shock for 12 hours. Tiffini Theisen,, "Florida mom arrested, accused of neglect after daughter with severe health problems dies," 30 Oct. 2019 Then on April 12, 67-year-old Robert Bell Wallace of California died of septic shock, pneumonia and multi-organ failure. Danica Coto,, "Deaths of 8 American tourists in Dominican Republic this year not unusual, island’s tourism minister says," 21 June 2019 Last week, the Minnesota native was hospitalized in intensive care because of septic shock. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Former Gophers running star Gabriele Grunewald gravely ill," 11 June 2019 At the time, the agency said that the child suffered from septic shock and dehydration. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Guatemalan Boy Dies in Custody of U.S. Border Patrol," 26 Dec. 2018 By Thursday morning, Thomas began to succumb to fever and septic shock, which is typically triggered by a bacterial infection but can also be caused by fungi or, in rare cases, a virus (such as the flu), according to MedlinePlus. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "Mother of 3 Dies 2 Days After Flu Diagnosis," 19 Jan. 2018 An aspiring personal trainer from Pennsylvania died from septic shock just days after experiencing flu symptoms over the holidays. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Healthy 21-Year-Old Bodybuilder Dies Just Days After Flu Diagnosis," 10 Jan. 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Septic shock.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of septic shock

: a life-threatening severe form of sepsis that usually results from the presence of bacteria and their toxins in the bloodstream and is characterized especially by persistent hypotension with reduced blood flow to organs and tissues and often organ dysfunction

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