Sepsis is a serious complication that can develop from an infection. Don't ignore these warning signs!
If you have an untreated infection, you are at risk for sepsis – a life-threatening condition that occurs when an infection triggers inflammation throughout the body. Sepsis can lead to organ failure and fatalities. Spotting the warning signs of sepsis could save your life!
Look out for these symptoms.
- A high fever, typically reaching above 101.3 degrees
- A low body temperature, dipping below 95 degrees
- Rapid breathing
- Difficulties breathing
- A decrease in urine
- Discoloration of the skin
- Unexplained changes in heart rate
- Sudden and unexplained mood swings
- Digestion problems, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Your doctor may notice further symptoms, such as low blood pressure, a low platelet count, bacteria in the blood stream, an increase of acid in the blood steam, an abnormally high or low amount of white blood cells, or problems in the liver or kidneys.
Because sepsis is a complication of a previous condition, most sepsis patients are already hospitalized when the condition develops. Those at risk for sepsis outside the hospital may fall into one of the following categories:
- Newborn babies
- The elderly
- Those with frequent urinary tract infections
- HIV or AIDS patients
- Cancer patients
- Patients who are still recovering from an organ transplant
- Patients with diabetes
- Patients who have recently been discharged from the hospital after an invasive procedure
Get prompt medical care for infections to reduce your risk of sepsis. If you have a high risk and notice any symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. The earlier you get treatment, the better your prognosis will be.
Feel confident in the care you receive at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. We are committed to patient safety and take several steps to reduce errors and infection during your hospitalization. Have more questions or want to make an appointment with one of our expert physicians? Call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at 1-888-256-7692.