Not everyone with deranged physiological parameters is septic, or ‘triggers sepsis' in the sloppy shorthand we all end up using.
On the way to the Emergency Department, ambulance crews make life-changing diagnoses based on nothing more than the observation of a few basic measurements, and forward these gems of wisdom so we can be ready with suitable treatment (there’s a pneumonic - BUFALO - because we are all stupid).
There are causes of illness though, other than infective agents. Toxins, for example. There’s no antibiotic for poisoning, yet. There are however other treatments that can be life saving, brain preserving, but which won’t get a look in on a patient who’s been diagnosed as ‘septic.’
When you’ve got a new hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Focused, relevant history, and brief examination precede testing and measuring. It’s always been like that for a reason.
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