“He is in a good way, in a good mood and is incredibly grateful to doctors, nurses and staff who give him excellent care.”
“He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids,” according to a joint statement from Dr. Alpesh Amin, medical chair at UC Irvine Medical Center, and Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s personal primary care physician.
“He remains in the hospital for continuous monitoring.”
Doctors are convinced that Clinton’s status will improve and he can be released as early as Friday.
“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count decreases and he responds well to antibiotics,” according to doctors.
They added: “We hope to get him home soon.”
The city of Irvine has 287,401 inhabitants and is located about 680 km south of Los Angeles.
The former commander-in-chief fell ill on Tuesday while in Southern California for a Clinton Foundation-related incident, CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta said on Chris Cuomo’s Primetime show after talking to Clinton’s doctors and staff.
“What they think is going on with the former president is sometimes a blood infection known as sepsis“, Sa Gupta.
His wife and former Secretary of State Hillary, 73, were with him in California for the event. She has not commented on his hospital stay.
Clinton has reportedly developed a urinary tract infection that has developed into urosepsis – a type of sepsis.
The 42nd president is “mobile” and joked with hospital staff on Thursday, Gupta added.
It is considered a life-threatening medical emergency.
It is caused when an infection “triggers a chain reaction throughout the body.”
The most common source of sepsis infection is formed in the lungs, urinary tract, skin or gastrointestinal tract.
If the infection is left untreated, it can quickly cause tissue damage, organ failure and death, says the CDC.
Three years later former president left the White House in 2001 – culminating in two terms – he underwent a four-hour four-fold bypass operation on the Columbia campus at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
He then had two stents implanted in his coronary artery in 2010.
What is sepsis and what are the symptoms?
The condition is always triggered by an infection.
It is not contagious and can not be transmitted from person to person.
Most often, the culprit is an infection that we all recognize – pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), skin infections, including cellulite, and infections in the stomach, such as appendicitis.
Usually, when a person suffers a small incision, the area around the wound becomes red, swollen and hot to the touch.
This is proof that the body’s immune system has started to function and releases white blood cells to the site of injury to kill the bacteria that cause the infection.
The white blood cells and platelets form blood clots in the tissues around the incision.
Blood vessels swell to allow more blood to flow, and they become leaky, allowing anti-infective cells to get out of the blood and into the tissues where they are needed.
This causes inflammation, which to us appears as the red, hot swelling.
When sepsis occurs, this system goes into overdrive.
The inflammation, which is usually seen just around the smaller incision, spreads through the body and affects healthy tissue and organs.
The immune system – the body’s defense mechanism – overreacts and the result is that it attacks the body.
It can lead to organ failure and septic shock, which can be fatal.
Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites can all trigger sepsis – even if the most dangerous culprit is bacteria.
In developing countries, the condition is still a leading cause of death.
Called by its everyday name “blood poisoning”, sepsis is also often referred to as a “carnivorous disease”.