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Sepsis Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Sepsis. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long has the sepsis been present?

    Why: to assess duration of the illness.

  2. What exactly do you mean by sepsis?

    Why: Sepsis is the presence of various pus forming bacteria or their toxins in blood or other tissue. Uncommonly sepsis may be due to fungi or viruses.

  3. Where is the sepsis, if the site of sepsis is known?

    Why: e.g. blood (septicemia), intestine.

  4. What is the age of the person with sepsis?

    Why: Sepsis occurs more often in the newborn and in people over the age of 35.

  5. Past history of high blood pressure?

    Why: Blood pressure is reduced in septic shock relative to the person's previous blood pressure e.g. an elderly person whose usual blood pressure is 185/95 may be in septic shock with a blood pressure of 130/85. It is thus important to establish what the person's blood pressure was prior to becoming unwell.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: Certain medical conditions increase the risk of sepsis such as diabetes mellitus, cirrhosis of the liver, leukemia and HIV infection.

  7. Past surgical history?

    Why: e.g. recent bladder catheterization, recent surgical procedure may increase the risk of sepsis such as those involving drainage tubes and foreign bodies.

  8. Medications?

    Why: e.g. if the person is on a beta blocker or calcium channel blocker blood pressure medication, can not rely on using elevated heart rate as a sign of septic shock; some medications may increase the risk of sepsis such as chemotherapy.

  9. Symptoms of urinary tract infection?

    Why: e.g. pain on urination, fever, urinary frequency, bladder tenderness, loin tenderness.

  10. Symptoms of pneumonia?

    Why: e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath, sputum production.

  11. Symptoms of meningitis?

    Why: e.g. fever, headache, neck stiffness.

  12. Symptoms of cellulitis?

    Why: e.g. redness of skin, swelling of skin, warmth of skin, may have a pus-like discharge from skin.

  13. Symptoms of cholecystitis?

    Why: e.g. fever, continuous and severe pain in the right and central upper abdomen. Pain may radiate to the back and shoulder. May be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Jaundice may occur in 20% of cases.

  14. Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease?

    Why: e.g. fever (if acute infection) , mild to severe pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, painful heavy or irregular periods, bleeding in-between the periods, abnormal and perhaps offensive pus-like vaginal discharge, painful or frequent urination.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Sepsis:

The following list of conditions have 'Sepsis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Sepsis:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Sepsis' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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