What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's response to an infection causes damage to its own tissues and organs. It can be triggered by a wide range of infections, including bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires urgent treatment, and if left untreated, it can lead to septic shock, multiple organ failure, and ultimately death.
What are the signs of sepsis?
Signs and symptoms of sepsis can vary, but may include fever, chills, rapid breathing or shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, confusion or disorientation, dizziness, low blood pressure, and reduced urine output. Other signs and symptoms may include skin rash or discoloration, decreased mental function, extreme fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and muscle pain.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have sepsis, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Early detection and treatment can be critical for improving outcomes and reducing the risk of complications.