Sepsis is a clinical term used to describe symptomatic bacteremia, with or without organ dysfunction. This term is often misused and misapplied to patients with fever, leukocytosis, and hypotension due to other causes, including pseudosepsis. True sepsis is a common cause of hospitalization in the United States, including in elderly men who are more likely to develop urosepsis due to benign urinary tract obstruction caused by prostatic hypertrophy. Patients with diabetes, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or alcoholism or who are taking steroids are also at an increased risk for bacteremia.
Nursing Diagnosis for Sepsis