Originally posted on DHW: Promoting and protecting the health and safety of Idahoans:
Sepsis is the body’s extreme reaction to any infection. It is a medical emergency that affects at least 1.7 million people each year in the United States and kills nearly 270,000. Early detection offers the best chance for survival and can limit…
via Sepsis – Know the Signs
What are the signs of sepsis you should never ignore? If you, a loved one, or in the case of medical professionals their patient, feels “severely sick”, doesn’t appear to be themselves and shows any of the following symptoms, sepsis should be suspected: weakness loss of appetite fever and chills thirst difficult or rapid breathing…Read more »
In almost every case of sepsis, patients need to be hospitalized, treated with appropriate intravenous antibiotics (usually broad-spectrum), and given therapy to support any organ dysfunction. Sepsis can quickly cause organ damage and death; therapy should not be delayed as statistics suggest as high as a 7% mortality increase per hour if antibiotics are delayed…Read more »
The Sepsis Six is the name given to a bundle of medical therapies designed to reduce mortality in patients with sepsis. 2011, The UK Sepsis Trust published evidence that use of the Sepsis Six was linked to a 50% reduction in mortality, a decreased length of stay in hospital, and fewer intensive care days. –…Read more »
If you have severe sepsis and septic shock, antibiotics will be given directly into a vein (intravenously). Ideally, antibiotic treatment should start within an hour of diagnosis to reduce the risk of serious complications or death. Intravenous antibiotics are usually replaced by tablets after two to four days.
Sepsis symptoms in children under five Go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these symptoms: looks mottled, bluish or pale is very lethargic or difficult to wake feels abnormally cold to touch is breathing very fast has a rash that does not fade when you press it has a…Read more »