Let's talk about sepsis signs and symptoms brochure
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Sepsis is a life-threatening illness that can occur when the body’s response to an infection, which can lead to tissue damage and 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.
Adults can experience one or more of the following sign:
For more information, the following poster (PDF 271KB) outlines the signs in adults.
Children and babies can can experience one or more of the
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.
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.
Watch a short video to hear from a sepsis survivor and advocate who shares her personal journey and patient experience and why it is important to spread the word about sepsis.
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