Suspect Sepsis. Save Lives.
Every 2 minutes someone dies from sepsis in the U.S. – that’s more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.
This Sepsis Awareness Month, Lake Regional Health System is joining the Sepsis Alliance in raising awareness and saving lives from sepsis.
Sepsis should be treated as a medical emergency. The sooner treatment begins, the easier sepsis is to control.
What is Sepsis?
Sometimes called blood poisoning, sepsis can begin with any type of infection, anywhere in the body. It occurs when the body mounts an overwhelming immune response that causes inflammation of blood vessels. This inflammation leads to the formation of small blood clots, which can cause tissue damage, organ failure and death.
What are the Signs?
Recognizing sepsis in the early stages can be difficult because it mimics many other conditions. If you develop a combination of the following symptoms, call 911 or go to a hospital and say, "I'm concerned about sepsis." Be especially diligent if you recently had an open wound (cut, scrape, bug bite), surgery, some type of invasive procedure or infection.
Shivering, fever or very cold
Extreme pain or general discomfort ("worst ever")
Pale or discolored skin
Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused
"I feel like I might die."
Short of breath
How Is Sepsis Treated?
In the earliest stages, sepsis can be treated easily, with broad-spectrum antibiotics and IV fluids. If it progresses to severe sepsis or septic shock, more aggressive treatments and supports will be needed, and the risk of lasting consequences is high.
Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals, yet 42 percent of Americans do not know the word. To help raise awareness, the Sepsis Alliance produced