What is the initial treatment for bacterial sepsis?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Initial management may include the following:

  • Inpatient admission or ICU admission for monitoring and treatment
  • Initiation of empiric antibiotic therapy, to be followed by focused treatment based on culture, laboratory, and imaging data
  • Supportive therapy as necessary to maintain organ perfusion and respiration; timely intervention with infection source control, hemodynamic stabilization, and ventilatory support
  • Transfer if requisite facilities are not available at the admitting hospital

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