Staphylococcus, or Staph as it is commonly called, is one of the major causes of infections in the blood. A Staph infection in the blood takes place when Staphylococcus bacterium enters the bloodstream and then spreads to other internal organs of the human or animal body. Some notable milder symptoms of blood infection (but may not be limited to the following) are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills and shortness of breath. Various patients who are being struck by Staph infection in the blood usually look visibly sick and exhibit changes in mental status. Another indicator that there is a blood infection is a marked bleeding into the skin.
The spread of the organisms to the bloodstream normally results in bacteremia or septicemia. Health conditions that increase the likelihood of patients to develop Staph infection in the blood are HIV infection, drug abuse, long-term antibiotic therapy, malnutrition and chemotherapy. Bacteremia takes place when bacteria enter the bloodstream using an open wound as a gateway. It is the mild form of blood poisoning. It could progress to a more severe form of blood poisoning called septicemia, which is most often preceded by bed sores, unsterile needles, and infections coming from foley catheters.
The uncontrolled progress from Staph infection in the blood is considered an emergency situation since the infection has the ability to spread very quickly. Severe symptoms that come with septicemia are low blood pressure, decreased urine output, problems with clotting and low body temperature. The source is usually an infection in the lungs, stomach or urinary tract that has considerably spread into the bloodstream. The success of any action taken to combat Staph infection in the blood depends on how quick antibiotics are introduced into the body to combat the infection process. Staphylococcal septicemia, more commonly known as sepsis, is a leading cause of shock and circulatory collapse. This usually leads to death in over 80% of known cases.
It is important to constantly give encouragement to the patient while being treated. This helps keep them motivated.