How Do You Treat Bacteremia?


Bacteremia is a generic term referring to any bacterial infection of the bloodstream. Bacteria normally live on the skin, urinary and digestive tracts without causing any harm but occasionally invade other parts of the body. Bacteremia may become serious and lead to septic shock in patients with compromised immune systems. The following steps will show how to treat bacteremia. Realize that bacteremia frequently does not produce any symptoms and may be discovered through testing for another condition. It may not need to be treated in these cases unless the patient is at high risk for infection as in the case of a heart-valve defect or suppressed immune system. Provide general treatment for a fever until the specific source has been identified. Although there is some debate regarding this issue, treatment of fever in young children and infants older than 3 months with medication is generally considered reasonable and widely accepted. Ibuprofen of 10 mg/kg every 8 hours or acetaminophen o