Sepsis

Sepsis is a medical emergency that can result in organ damage or death. It happens when the body’s immune system has a severe response to an infection.

While symptoms may vary according to the severity of the sepsis, these symptoms may be mild at first and then quickly become worse.

  • Fever or abnormally low temperature
  • Chills
  • Rash
  • Confusion
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling
  • Rapid heart rate and breathing rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Signs of reduced blood flow to one or more organs
  • Less urine
Sepsis always begins with an infection somewhere in the body.  Learn more about who is at risk for sepsis and infections can lead to sepsis visit the Saint Peter’s Better Health Library.
 

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