The Different Types of White Blood Cells

White blood cells (WBCs) circulate in the blood to help protect the body against infections, but also have a role in inflammation and allergic responses. There are various types of white blood cells and each of them can give us a lot of information around whether the infection or inflammatory response is bacterial, viral, auto-immune, allergic, acute or chronic. Continue reading

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The Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock

sepsis and septic shock

Sepsis is the most common pathway to death following an infection…and it can be avoided! How? With early recognition and timely intervention! Earlier this year, the Sepsis Definitions Task Force members released the Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3). But in order to appreciate the need for a new definition, we must first understand the issues with the old definition.  Continue reading