Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life threatening without timely treatment. If it is not treated quickley it can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis happens when someone have already have an infection into skin, Lungs, urinary tract or somewhere else triggers a chain reaction throughout the body.
What causes sepsis?
Many types of microbes can cause sepsis, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. However, bacteria are the most common cause. In many cases, doctors cannot identify the source of infection. Severe cases of sepsis often result from a body-wide infection that spreads through the bloodstream.
Invasive medical procedures such as inserting a tube into a vein can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream and bring on the condition. But sepsis can also come from an infection confined to one part of the body, such as the lungs, urinary tract, skin, or abdomen (including the appendix).
Signs & Symptoms:
Sepsis symptoms can include one or a combination of the following:
- Confusion or disorientation.
- Shortness of breath.
- High heart rate.
- Fever or shivering or feeling very cold.
- Extreme Pain or discomfort.
- Clammy or sweaty skin.
(Delayed recognition and treatment increases Patient’s risk of death.)
Sepsis occurs when your body has overwhelming inflammation as a reaction to infection. The problems that develop with sepsis can affect multiple organs in the body. Sepsis can be life-threatening and requires prompt and skilled medical care.