Suspect sepsis? Say sepsis.
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Have you ever heard of blood poisoning? Well, that is what some call sepsis, a life-threatening condition that can happen when infection spreads through your whole body. The infection could be from bacteria or a virus. If sepsis is not treated early, it can damage your organs, and can kill you.
Signs and symptoms of sepsis
Fever greater than 101 degrees and/or shaking chills
Very low temperature (less than 96.8F)
Confusion, sleepiness, and/or less alert
Upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and unable to keep down food and fluids for more than 12 hours.
Fast heartbeat without activity
Hard to breathe, breathing very fast or very slow
What can be done?
If you or a member of your family has any of these symptoms, go to the Emergency Department immediately!
Don’t be afraid to say: “Could this be sepsis?” The sooner you or a family member gets treatment, the better.