Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputations, and death. While sepsis is more likely to affect very young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and those with weakened immune systems, sepsis is an equal opportunity killer, affecting people of all ages and levels of health.
When it comes to sepsis, remember it’s about TIME. Watch for:
T = Temperature, higher or lower than normal
I = Infection, signs and symptoms
M = Mental Decline, confused, sleepy, and difficult to rouse
E = Extremely ill, with severe pain, discomfort, and shortness of breath
If you see a combination of these symptoms, especially if you recently experienced a cut, surgery, invasive procedure, or infection, call 911 or go to a hospital and say, “I am concerned about sepsis.” The sooner you are treated for sepsis, the better your outcome.
Sepsis can’t always be prevented, but the risk drops when you take steps to prevent or treat infections as quickly as possible. You can do this by staying current with vaccinations, practicing good hygiene, and seeking medical attention immediately when you suspect you may have an infection. Sepsis is a medical emergency!