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The main thing I as a non-medic can glean from online material on sepsis is "needs monitoring from the start and can be hard to detect."

I think the original diary said they did various tests at some point. May have been too late.

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by Number 6 on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 09:45:02 AM EST
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A patient doesn't go straight to a state of sepsis/septicemia. If there was a primary infection with e.coli, there'd have been a rise in temperature which should have been observed and acted on.

Once septicemia has taken hold and the whole organism is involved, stopping it can be extremely hard or impossible, as I know from two deaths close to me.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 10:15:46 AM EST
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