Septic Shock

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The page below is a sample from the LabCE course Laboratory Methods to Aid in the Detection of Sepsis. Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

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Septic Shock

According to SEP-3, a patient progresses to septic shock from sepsis if the hypotension due to the systemic infection:
  • does not respond to fluid resuscitation or vasopressors, and
  • lactate results are greater than or equal to 2 mmol/L.
General symptoms of septic shock include:
  • Low blood pressure
  • Chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
Organ failure complications follow.
Septic shock is life-threatening with a mortality rate in excess of 40%.