Understanding Sepsis, Severe Sepsis, & Septic Shock

October 24, 2016

Definitions Infection = A host response to the presence of microorganisms or tissue invasion by microorganisms. Bacteremia¬†= The presence of viable bacteria in circulating blood. SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) = The systemic inflammatory response to a wide variety of severe clinical insults, manifested by two or more of the following conditions: Temperature above 101 F (38.3 C) or below 96.8 F (36 C) Heart rate higher than 90 beats…

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Coding Epilepsy

October 11, 2016

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where patients suffer from seizures. These seizures are a result of excessive and abnormal cortical nerve cell activity in the brain. The cause of epilepsy in many patients may be unknown, but it can develop from brain injury, stroke, brain cancer, and drug or alcohol abuse. Seizures present differently based on the person’s age and the part of the brain involved. The most common seizures…

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