What is sepsis, how to suspect it and who is predisposed to it

Sepsis is a serious infectious disease that is life-threatening. It occurs in response to an infection that spreads throughout the body through the blood.

Sepsis is one of the main causes of death. It kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer and HIV combined.

Sepsis can develop in anyone, regardless of age or health. However, those most vulnerable to developing sepsis are the elderly, newborns, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.

Sepsis requires immediate treatment. The sooner treatment is started, the greater the chance of recovery.

Symptoms of sepsis:

  • high fever or chills,
  • fast pulse,
  • shortness of breath,
  • severe pain,
  • lethargy,
  • severe weakness, fatigue.

Causes of sepsis:

Sepsis can be caused by various infections, such as infections of the lungs, urinary tract, skin, gastrointestinal tract -intestinal tract or postoperative infections. People with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and newborns are especially at risk of developing sepsis.

Consequences of sepsis:

Sepsis can lead to various complications such as organ failure, septic shock, renal dysfunction, pulmonary failure or even death.

Prevention of sepsis:

  • compliance with hygiene rules,
  • vaccination against infections,
  • proper treatment of infections,
  • timely seeking medical help when symptoms appear.< /li>

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