QUIZ OF THE WEEK FOR FEBRUARY 25, 2005

Pt A.is a 35 year old admitted with bowel infarction. She is currently on .6 mask and norepinephrine with the following findings:
T 39.5
ABGs: PaO2 64 pH 7.46 PaCO2 33 HCO3 21
HR 130, CVP 7, BP 82/55, U/O 20 ml/hr
WBC 20,000
INR 1.4 PTT 52
bilateral edema on chest xray

Which one of the following best describes this patient's condition?

  1. Severe sepsis
  2. Septic shock
  3. Sepsis
  4. Unable to answer

 

Brenda Morgan
Clinical Nurse Specialist, CCTC
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