Sepsis causes 270,000 deaths in the US each year and costs $62 billion in medical expenses.
According to the CDC, Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Infections that lead to sepsis most often start in the lung, urinary tract, skin, or gastrointestinal tract.
Warning signs include:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Shortness of breath
- High heart rate
- Fever, or shivering, or feeling very cold
- Extreme pain or discomfort, and
- Clammy or sweaty skin
In observance of Sepsis Awareness Month, Brown Surgical Associates’ Dr. Sean Monaghan discusses the dangers of sepsis and the signs you should know.