Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals. It is the body’s response to an infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputations, and death. Sepsis affects over 26 million people worldwide each year. The risk of sepsis can be reduced by practicing good hygiene and staying current with vaccinations. While sepsis is more likely to affect children, the elderly, people with a weakened immune system, and people with chronic diseases; sepsis impacts people of all ages and levels of health.
Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires urgent attention and rapid treatment for survival. Mortality increases 8% for every hour that treatment is delayed. As many as 80% of sepsis deaths could have been prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment. Those that survive may have long-lasting effects such as missing limbs and organ dysfunction. Sepsis survivors have a shortened life expectancy.
Symptoms of sepsis:
- fever, shivering
- extreme pain
- pale or discolored skin
- difficult to arouse, confused
- shortness of breath
- feeling of death approaching
If you have any of these symptoms with an infected wound, seek immediate help. Your life may depend on it.