September is Sepsis Awareness Month
By: Dena Glasscock, Holy Rosary Healthcare Sepsis Coordinator
September is Sepsis Awareness month and Holy Rosary Healthcare, now part of Intermountain Healthcare, would like to provide some helpful information to keep our community healthy and safe.
What is Sepsis? Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming immune system response to an infection, which causes widespread inflammation throughout the body and can lead to tissue loss, organ failure and death. According to the Sepsis Alliance, 80 percent of sepsis deaths could be prevented with timely treatment and evaluation by a medical professional.
Anyone can develop sepsis, but those most at risk are: Adults over 65, infants, people with weakened immune systems or people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, cancer, and kidney disease. Individuals who have recently been hospitalized or had a previous severe illness may also be at risk.
What are the symptoms of sepsis? To help recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis, the Sepsis Alliance has developed the TIME acronym: Temperature - higher or lower than normal; Infection – may have signs or symptoms of Infections; Mental Decline – Confused, sleepy or difficult to rouse; Extremely Ill – experiencing severe pain, discomfort, or shortness of breath.
In the United States, sepsis takes a life every two minutes, 350,000 adults die from sepsis every year. If you ever experience these or other serious symptoms, please go straight to the hospital or call 911. For more information, visit sepsis.org