Infections put you and your family at risk for a life-threatening condition called sepsis. If you or your loved one suspects sepsis or has an infection that’s not getting better or is getting worse, ask your doctor or nurse, “Could this infection be leading to sepsis?”

What is Sepsis?

  • Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency.
  • Sepsis happens when an infection you already have —in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else—triggers a chain reaction throughout your body.
  • Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

 

I think I might have Sepsis. What should I do?

If you are feeling worse or not getting better after surgery, or an infection or even a scrape or injury to your body, ask your healthcare provider, “Could this be infection leading to sepsis?  Treatment with IV fluids and antibiotics within the first hour or so is very important, as mortality rates increase by 7% for every hour treatment is delayed.

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