Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, and can be life-threatening. In fact, of the over 1.5 million people in the US who are diagnosed with sepsis every year, around 30% of them do not survive. This extremely serious condition is a leading cause of death in hospitals, and is the main reason why people are readmitted to the hospital. September is Sepsis Awareness Month, so we want to help you to recognize the early signs of this condition before it’s too late.
What Causes Sepsis?
When your body has an infection that it cannot fight off, sepsis can develop. Inflammation and blood clotting that occurs when the body is in sepsis then causes reduced blood flow to limbs and vital organs, which can lead to organ failure and even death.
Most sepsis is caused by a bacterial infection, but it can also be caused by viral infections, such as Covid-19, fungal infections; in addition, it can also develop after a traumatic injury. Common causes of sepsis include:
- Infection of the appendix
- Bowel problems
- Infection of the abdominal cavity
- Gallbladder or liver infections
- Infections of the brain or the spinal cord
- Bacteria that enters the skin through wounds or skin inflammation, or the openings made with IV catheters
- Urinary tract infections
Who Is At Risk?
Sepsis can affect anyone, but the following people are at a greater risk of developing it:
- Adults older than 65
- Very young children
- Pregnant women
- People with pre-existing infections or medical conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, cancer, and kidney disease
- People with weakened immune systems
- Patients who are in the hospital
- People with severe injuries, such as extensive burns or wounds
- Patients with catheters
Signs & Symptoms
It is very important to recognize the following signs and symptoms of sepsis, so you can get immediate treatment from a doctor or hospital. These signs and symptoms include:
- Fast heart rate
- Shaking or chills
- Confusion or disorientation
- Clammy or sweaty skin
- Shortness of breath
If you are diagnosed with sepsis, you will need to be treated at the hospital in an intensive care unit, so that doctors can control the infection and protect your organs. To do this, they will use antibiotics and fluids. And if you are in extremely critical condition, you might need a breathing tube, kidney dialysis, or surgery to remove the infection.
Most people can completely recover from sepsis, although some people might have permanent organ damage. Some evidence from the study of patients with severe sepsis has shown that sepsis disrupts a person’s immune system, leading to future infection risks.
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