Affecting an estimated 49 million people worldwide each year, Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection according to the CDC. To increase the public’s awareness of the severity of Sepsis, the Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month in 2011.
Sepsis can result in amputation due to blood clots as well as more serious complications including tissue damage and organ failure. It is imperative to recognize the symptoms as quickly as possible and get treatment which is critical to survival and preventing amputations.
Do you know how to identify Sepsis? Take the T.I.M.E. to memorize the signs below so you can take immediate action:
T – Temperature – higher or lower than normal
I – Infection – may have signs and symptoms of an infection
M – Mental Decline – Confused or disoriented, slurring words, difficulty waking up
E – Extremely Ill – Severe pain, discomfort, shortness of breath
If you think you or someone you know may have Sepsis, get medical care immediately. According to the Sepsis Alliance, every hour that you wait to get help increases the risk of death from Sepsis by 4 to 9%.
Who is at Risk?
While everyone is at risk, infants, adults over 65, those with chronic illnesses or weak/impaired immune systems are especially vulnerable to becoming Septic.
How to Prevent Sepsis
The best way to avoid Sepsis is by preventing infection, practicing good hygiene, and knowing the signs and symptoms so you can act fast!
Throughout the month, we encourage you to utilize the Sepsis Awareness Month toolkit to educate yourself and others. Your knowledge just might be the difference in saving a life or a limb!