DISSEMINATED INTRAVASCULAR COAGULATION (DIC)

          Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a disorder characterized by massive systemic activation of coagulation with consumption of platelets and coagulation proteins.  Normally, when you are injured, certain proteins in the blood become activated and travel to the injury site to help stop bleeding.  However, in persons with DIC, these proteins become abnormally active.  The disorder presents in a very ill patient Continue reading

SEPTICEMIA – RARE BUT DEVASTATING

          Septicemia is a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly.  It is a systemic infection, usually caused by bacteria of various types contaminating a person’s blood. When septicemia is not treated with the appropriate antibiotics, the infected blood can then contaminate other organs or tissues of the body, creating life-threatening infections.  There are many things that can cause Continue reading

HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS

          Hospital-acquired infections, also called nosocomial infections, are usually ones that first appears three days after a patient is admitted to a hospital or other health-care facility.  About 5-10% of patients admitted to hospitals in the United States develop these particular infections and they are normally related to a procedure or treatment used to diagnose or treat the patient’s illness or injury.  Amazingly, approximately 25% of these infections can be prevented by Continue reading