Sepsis is a life-threatening illness that can occur when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs and can lead to organ failure. Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection around the world.
Sepsis can be difficult to predict and diagnose.
If identified early, Sepsis is treatable.
Signs of sepsis
rapid heart rate
confusion, slurred speech or disorientation
fever or shivering
not passing urine
Signs of sepsis in children and infants
convulsions or fits
discoloured, very pale or bluish skin
a rash that doesn’t fade when pressed
fever OR very low temperature
not passing urine (or no wet nappy) for several hours
no appetite or not feeding
What causes sepsis?
Sepsis occurs when the body’s response to an infection becomes harmful. Infection causes the immune system to release chemicals into the blood to fight the infection. These chemicals can cause generalised inflammation in the body causing blood vessels to leak and form blood clots. These changes can damage the body’s organs.
Almost any type of infections can lead to sepsis, including infections of the lungs, abdomen (such as appendicitis), urinary tract, skin, or other parts of the body.
Sepsis requires urgent medical treatment, usually in hospital.
Am I at risk of sepsis?
Anyone can develop sepsis, however children, infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable. People with chronic illness, such as diabetes, AIDS, cancer and kidney or liver disease, are also at increased risk, as well as people who have experienced a severe burn or physical trauma.
You can search through to find related information.
What Is Sepsis? (sepsis explained in 3 minutes) - YouTube video
Sepsis the life-threatening response to infection. Know the signs! - Australian Sepsis Network
Sepsis the life-threatening response to infection. Know the signs! (paed) - Australian Sepsis Network
How to prevent sepsis - World Health Organization
Australian Sepsis Network
Sepsis - World Health Organization
Sepsis for health professionals
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs.
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