Every two minutes, someone in the United States dies from sepsis. However, with rapid diagnosis and treatment, 80% of these deaths could be prevented.
4 signs of sepsis you should know [infographic]
When the body has an infection, sepsis is an extreme response that triggers a chain reaction.
"Sepsis is a bacterial infection that spreads through the bloodstream and can become quickly fatal if not recognized and treated quickly,” says Victoria Walker, MD, vice president of medical services and quality for the Good Samaritan Society.
Without timely treatment, sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.
People who are at a higher risk of developing sepsis include:
- Those who are more susceptible to infection, such as young children and adults over the age of 65
- Those with chronic illnesses
- Those with weakened immune systems
The early symptoms can be nonspecific, so it is important to be looking for the symptoms and take quick action to prevent very serious harm.” – Victoria Walker, MD, vice president of medical services and quality for the Good Samaritan Society
For every hour that treatment is delayed, mortality increases 8%. With a fast response, patients can receive antibiotics and the therapy they need to recover.
If you suspect that someone is developing sepsis, would you know what to look for? Use the infographic below to identify the symptoms. Consider printing and sharing.
By knowing the signs of sepsis, you can save someone’s life.
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