Which patients are at risk for bacteremia and sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Patients at risk for bacteremia include adults who are febrile with an elevated WBC or neutrophil band count, elderly patients who are febrile, and neutropenic patients who are febrile. These populations have a 20-30% incidence of bacteremia. The incidence of bacteremia increases to at least 50% in patients with sepsis and evidence of end-organ dysfunction.


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