Is it safe to continue self catheterization for a person with septic shock?
(1) which location in the hospital would you treat this patient, and why?
(2) If this patient presenedt to you - doing self catheter from home(as her usual) would you continue, if not why?
(3)What medication would you place this patient on/or not, and why?
Multiple variables are involved
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I have gone through the question. I am sorry for your loss. In order to determine the answers to your questions, it seems that there are further variables that might play a role in the decision.
* Sepsis is different from septic shock. While the former simply indicates an infection and can be treated by placing the patient in the ward, the latter involves haemodynamic compromise or unstable pulse and blood pressure, and would need treatment in a critical care/ICU setup. If obstructive small bowel disease is evaluated to be the course, surgery might be mandated after making the patient haemodynamically stable.
* I do not understand what you mean by self catheterisation. Do you mean venous cannulation or do you mean urinary catheterisation. In any case, it remains to be evaluated why these are required. In any case these are not supposed to be done by ownself unless she is medically qualified.
* The choice of medicines might depend on a number of variables. Some antibiotic needs to be given depending on what infective organism is being suspected. Vasopressor support might be required to make the patient haemodynamically stable. Other supportive medications might be required depending upon the specific condition. Unless there is some specific allergy, I do not see any cause to restrict the use of some medicine.
Hope that helps.
Dr. Kunal Saha
(B) Here is my second clarification: re medicine prescribed: She was allergic to Penicillin(amoxillin). So she had been prescribed oxycontin, morphine, dilaudin(hydromorphin), Tylenol, plus other medicines
The condition was indeed critical
Thanks for writing back.
* E coli is a normal inhabitant of our body. But somehow, due to infection related to self catheterization or due to the intestinal obstruction and ileus, could have entered the blood stream leading to septic shock. In such a case, treatment with suitable intravenous higher antibiotics other than penicillin group, in hospital setup is important, preferrably in the ICU. The mentioned medicines are ok to be given to her.
In case you have a specific query, let me know and I would be glad to help.