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Posted on: May 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Sepsis As your Age

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Sepsis is a toxic response to an infection. There is no single sign or symptom of sepsis. It is, rather, a combination of symptoms. Symptoms can include ANY of the following:

-- Shivering, fever, or very cold

E -- Extreme pain or general discomfort 

P -- Pale or discolored skin

S-- Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused

 I-- "I feel like I might die"

 -Short of breath

IF YOU SUSPECT SEPSIS, CALL 9-1-1 OR GO TO A HOSPITAL RIGHT AWAY

TREATMENT
Sepsis is initially treated with IV fluids and antibiotics. Other medications, such as those to raise blood pressure may be needed. If someone you know is admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), you may see many machines used to monitor body function {heart rate, blood pressure), medications and IV fluids, and perhaps a ventilator to help the patient breathe.

PREVENTION

The key to preventing sepsis is to prevent an infection from occurring in the first place. The first step in infection prevention is thorough and frequent handwashing. This helps reduce the spread of germs. Many illnesses are also prevented through regular vaccinations, such as for the flu or pneumonia. Prompt and proper care of all wounds is also important, as well. If an infection does occur, it must be treated as quickly and effectively as possible.

Any infection should be taken seriously. Do not hope it will go away.Action must be taken.

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