Sepsis is the body’s extreme reaction to infection. The body attacks its own organs and tissues which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.
Signs of sepsis include:
If you detect even a few of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately and ask, “could it be sepsis”
Sepsis results from any kind of infection, most commonly from a bacterial infection. Cuts and scrapes, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and post-operative infections can all lead to sepsis.
The risk of developing sepsis can be reduced by practicing good hygiene, including washing hands regularly, caring for even minor cuts and scrapes using basic first aid techniques (especially keeping wounds clean), and by staying up to date on vaccinations.
Early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis significantly boosts one’s chances of survival. Sepsis is treated with antibiotics and IV fluids. In most cases, broad spectrum antibiotics will be administered. Once blood tests have been performed, antibiotics that target the particular strain of bacterium responsible for the infection may be used.
Sepsis can impact anyone – young or old, sick or healthy. Those with increased risk of infection include:
While some survivors of sepsis make a full recovery, others suffer long term consequences, including amputated limbs, organ dysfunction such as kidney damage, chronic fatiguef, cognitive disorders and memory loss, and depression.
• Sepsis is a medical condition resulting from an immune system response to an infection. 
• This overwhelming response to infection can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. 
• Over 1.5 million individual in the United States are infected with sepsis. 
• Over 250,000 individuals in the United States die from sepsis each year, more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. 
• The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in three patients who die in a hospital has sepsis. 
• According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, sepsis is the most common diagnosis for inpatient hospital stays in the United States. 
• Sepsis is the most expensive condition treated in hospitals in the United States, consuming over $24 billion each year. 
• Sepsis is the number one cause of hospital readmissions, generating over $2 billion in cost annually. 
• Over 80 percent of septic patients are septic upon admission to the hospital. 
• The mortality from sepsis increases by up to eight percent for every hour that treatment is delayed. 
• Rapid diagnosis and treatment can prevent up to 80 percent of sepsis fatalities.