Friday, November 15, 2013

Septic

My husband wants to know what is the difference between a patient being septic and a septic tank. (i.e. why they use the same word) Sadly, I don’t know the answer.

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  1. If you are located in a rural area without public water & sewer, you have a septic tank & leech field to take care of the waste (and a well for water supply - not close together!) the microbes in the septic tank break down the waste then it filters out through the leech field. A septic patient is full of microbes but they're not doing good work like those in a septic tank ;)

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  2. ORIGIN early 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek sēptikos,‘rotten.’

    Given that, the usage for the two terms probably came about independently.

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  3. Shitty place to be regardless!

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  4. I assumed it had to do with bacteria being in each one.

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  5. wait, seriously? i know you're PM&R but sheesh, you should at least know the definition of sepsis...

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