How is the clinical diagnosis of septicaemia confirmed?

With finding a positive blood culture. Always take a blood culture before starting treatment.

The white cell count may be high at first and later fall. The platelet count may also fall and the blood clotting factors may be low.

A blood culture is needed to confirm the clinical diagnosis of septaecaemia.

The C reactive protein (CRP) level may initially be normal but rises after a few hours.

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