A form of shock that occurs when certain toxins are released from bacteria in the bloodstream, resulting in a dramatic and dangerous fall in blood pressure.
Septic shock is caused by a condition known as sepsis, where a person’s immune system may fail to ward off infection. Sepsis can be triggered by certain types of infections such as bacterial, viral and parasitic.
Septic shock is most typically characterized by a drop in blood pressure and decrease vascular resistance. Other symptoms can include fever, increased respirations, coma, kidney or lung failure and blood clots.
The initial treatment for septic shock is to try and increase an individual’s blood flow, which can be done through the use of extra oxygen, IV fluids and medication.
Once the cause of the infection is properly identified through a series of blood tests, antibiotics geared towards fighting that specific problem is administered.
If the condition is severe, surgery may be required in order to remove any dead tissue that may be the cause of the infection.