Show Summary Details
Page of



Angela Creditt

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 28 October 2021

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.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.