What is Sepsis

Sepsis Can Start from a Simple Cut and End Up Killing You

How many people are affected?

  • Sepsis is the leading pediatric killer worldwide
  • Sepsis affects at least 750,000 people each year
  • Approximately 550 people die every day in the U.S.
  • An average of 215,000 people die from sepsis each year in the US

Why is it so dangerous?

  • Untreated 100% of the patients die
  • Patients receiving the best treatment currently available a minimum of 30% die
  • Every hour raises the risk of death by eight percent if the sepsis is untreated
  • Vital to get treated as soon as possible
  • At least 50 percent of septic shock patients do not survive
  • Anyone can get sepsis
  • A minor cut, scrape or a bug bite can set off the deadly cascade
  • The Cost of Sepsis

Treatment of severe sepsis involves a long stay in the intensive care unit which incurs high costs. It costs the United States $17 billion a year to treat sepsis.

What is it?

  • Sepsis is an extremely serious condition which is caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection.
  • The infection prompts the body to release chemicals but the chemicals themselves cause widespread inflammation which can fatally damage the organs.
  • Sepsis can also cause the blood to clot which then reduces blood flow to limbs and internal organs.
  • In severe cases, one or more organs fail.
  • In the worst cases, infection leads to a life-threatening drop in blood pressure, called septic shock.This can quickly lead to the failure of several organs including the lungs, liver and kidney, causing death.

How will I know?

  • Common symptoms include:
  • High temperature
  • High pulse rate
  • Chills
  • Low blood pressure
  • Mottling of skin
  • Confusion
  • Lightheaded

Long-Term effects of Sepsis

Many people who suffer severe sepsis and survive recover completely and live a normal life. Some, however, may not make a complete recovery and there is some evidence

 

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