September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis is a medical emergency and its symptoms must be treated quickly and properly to reduce the risk of death. Approximately 30% of patients diagnosed with severe sepsis do not survive. Sepsis is one of the top five ICU admission diagnoses.
It’s important to look for a combination of the warning signs of sepsis:
- Temperature: higher or lower than normal
- Infection: may have signs and symptoms of an infection
- Mental decline: confused, sleepy, difficult to rouse
- Extremely ill: “I feel like I might die”, severe pain or discomfort
Unlike diseases or conditions like diabetes or kidney stones, there is no one test that can tell if you have sepsis. Diagnosis is made after your doctor evaluates your symptoms, your history, and other tests that may indicate you have an infection. This can then lead your doctor to suspect you have sepsis.
Sepsis Alliance is the leading sepsis organization in the U.S. working in all 50 states to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis. Sepsis Alliance is a charitable organization run by a dedicated team who share a strong commitment to battling sepsis. Learn more about the symptoms of sepsis, which kills 270,000 Americans each year. https://www.sepsis.org/
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn