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Are you susceptible to sepsis?
Heather Wessel - September 14, 2016
Sepsis Awareness RibbonSeptember is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is a serious medical condition that takes place when the body has an overwhelming reaction to an infection. More than one million cases of sepsis are diagnosed each year in the United States. Because sepsis shares many symptoms with other illnesses like the flu, it can often be hard to recognize and diagnose. Sepsis can affect anyone but there are some individuals at a higher risk of obtaining the illness.

Who is at a higher risk for sepsis?
  • Those with a weakened immune system
  • Anyone under the age of 10 or over the age of 65
  • Someone with an indwelling catheter or IV
  • Someone who has recently been hospitalized or had surgery
  • Those with a chronic illness including but not limited to: diabetes, AIDS, kidney, or liver disease, etc.
  • Individuals with a severe wound or burn
What are the symptoms of sepsis?
  • Fever
  • Hypothermia
  • A heart rate greater than 90 beats per minute
  • Altered mental status (confusion/coma)
  • Edema
  • High blood glucose without diabetes
  • Feeling worse than you have ever felt before
If you have an infection and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you should talk to a healthcare provider and seek medical treatment for sepsis immediately. You can learn more about sepsis by visiting SurviveSepsis.com.
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