“Simply put, sepsis is an out-of-control infection throughout your body,” says Dr. Timothy Watt, an emergency medicine doctor affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital, “one that if not treated early, can have serious consequences.”
How serious? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “Severe sepsis strikes more than a million Americans each year, and 15 to 30% of those people die.”
Fortunately, knowing more about sepsis and understanding the early warning signs to look for can literally save a life. According to the Sepsis Alliance, for every hour treatment is delayed, the risk of death from sepsis increases as much as 8%.
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To help patients and caregivers identify the warning signs of sepsis and determine when to contact your doctor or get immediate medical treatment, a national coalition of medical professionals have put together this downloadable, one-page guide, which can be especially useful for individuals at greater risk of sepsis.
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