What is Sepsis?
April 13 2018
CDC Center for Disease Control states Sepsis is an infection and those with chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk.
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Each year in the U.S., more than 1.5 million people develop sepsis, and at least 250,000 Americans die as a result. Those with chronical medical conditions are at a higher risk for Sepsis.
Anyone can get an infection, and almost any infection can lead to sepsis. Chronic conditions can be more common among minority groups, putting those groups at increased risk for developing infections that can lead to sepsis. We want everyone to know the risks, spot the signs and symptoms, and ACT FAST if they suspect sepsis.
Antibiotics are critical tools for treating a number of common infections and for life-threatening conditions, including sepsis. Prescribing the right antibiotic at the right time, in the right dose, and for the right duration helps fight antibiotic resistance, protects patients from unnecessary side effects from antibiotics, and helps make sure life-saving antibiotics will work when we need them.
Learn more about preventing infections that can lead to sepsis from the CDC and download additional FREE educational resources–including fact sheets, brochures, infographics, digital and social media, and shareable videos.
Also be sure to get informed on Antibiotics with the CDC’s information, Be Antibiotics Aware.