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Hypotension 

Hypotension
Chapter:
Hypotension
Source:
Acute Care Casebook
Author(s):

Angela Creditt

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190865412.003.0032

Sepsis is a complex and potentially life-threatening sequela of infection that commonly occurs and can be difficult to identify. If unrecognized or undertreated, sepsis can progress to severe sepsis, septic shock, characterized by hypotension and multisystem organ failure, and ultimately death. This case illustrates classic signs and symptoms of sepsis and septic shock in a postoperative patient. Recognizing these symptoms, rapidly initiating resuscitation with intravenous fluids and broad-spectrum antibiotics and aggressive management of these patients is imperative to prevent further decompensation. In 2017, the Surviving Sepsis campaign published new guidelines to assist with the management of patients with sepsis and septic shock. Key points from these guidelines will be highlighted within this case.

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