According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 1 million cases of sepsis each year, and it is the ninth leading cause of disease-related deaths. Sepsis can be deadly. Over 258,000 Americans die of sepsis annually and thousands of survivor’s live with dire life-changing after effects.
Causes of sepsis
- Blood clot: The consequence is the formation of blood clots and leaky blood vessels which results to poor blood flow. Poor blood flow inhibits proper supply of nutrients and oxygen to the body’s organs.
- Septic shock: The condition may be worse enough to cause blood pressure to drop and weaken the heart which may lead to septic shock.
- Organ failure: One or more organs may fail in severe cases.
- Infants and children
- Aged or elderly persons
- People suffering from a severe burn or physical trauma
- Persons with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, kidney or liver disease, AIDS, diabetes et a
- Clean scratches or wounds to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis.
- Wash hands or bath regularly to maintain good level of hygiene.
- Take vaccines to prevent flu, pneumonia or other infections.
- Consult your doctor for advice.
Treatment: Sepsis can be treated with antibiotics. Cases of sepsis are treated in intensive care units of the hospital. Doctors try to treat the infection, sustain the vital organs, and prevent a drop in blood pressure. Patients may be given oxygen and intravenous fluids. Although other types of treatment may be required; respirators or kidney dialysis, or even surgery may be needed to clear up an infection.
What to do if you notice an infection or suspect sepsis?
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