Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

2017

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan

Keywords

Sepsis, Bloodstream, Infection, Pathophysiology

Subject Categories

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Other Education

Abstract

Sepsis is a medical emergency and can be a life-threatening illness that results as a complication from a severe infection, which occurs when chemicals that have been released into the bloodstream by the body’s defense system work to fight off an infection (Mayo Clinic, 2016). Sepsis is one of the leading causes of deaths in patients in the hospital setting worldwide, becoming more common than breast and bowel cancer combined (Nursing Times, 2014). Sepsis can affect anyone; however it is more common in the elderly or in individuals with weaker immune systems. Health care providers (HCPs) must fully understand this disease process to assure that proper treatment is being implemented. At the national level, morbidity rates for sepsis range from 25 to 50 percent, and more than 220,000 people in the United States die from this illness each year (Butcher, 2016). Understanding the pathophysiology of sepsis allows HCPs to provide adequate care and treatment plans to patients.

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