Senior Care in Jupiter FL – Sepsis Signs and Symptoms
Every year Sepsis kills around 258,000 Americans. The mortality rate is comparable to that of lung and breast cancer combined. Although the exact definition is under debate, medical professionals agree that it is either “the presence of pathogenic organisms or their toxins in the blood and tissues” or “the poisoned condition resulting from the presence of pathogens or their toxins as in septicemia.” In simpler terms, Sepsis is the body’s deadly response to infection which often leads to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. The condition can affect people of all ages whether they are 6 or 60. Sepsis may ignite from seemingly benign injuries such a scrape on the knee or nick from a razor. Physicians commonly diagnosis Sepsis when one or more of the following conditions are present: abnormalities of body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, or white blood cell count.
Every hour a patient in Septic Shock doesn’t receive antibiotics, the risk of death increases 7.6%. Unfortunately, 40% of patients diagnosed with severe sepsis do not survive. Until a cure is found, early detection is the surest hope for survival. Therefore, it is vital to know the signs. If you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, call 911 or go to a hospital immediately.
Symptoms of Sepsis:
S: Shivering, fever, or very cold
E: Extreme pain or general discomfort
P: Pale or discolored skin
S: Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused
I: “I feel like I’m going to die”
S: Short of breath
Through active surveillance, contact precautions, decolonization, and vaccination, the chances of infection are substantially reduced. Simple at home tips for Sepsis prevention include taking care of yourself, getting adequate rest, eating well, washing your hands frequently and taking antibiotics as prescribed.
So far, The HCA East Florida Division is responsible for saving 1,029 lives since their Sepsis Program began in 2012. Sepsis education saves lives, so visithttps://www.facebook.com/SepsisTalks?fref=ts to learn more.