Quick quiz….it’s America’s costliest health condition. About one million people are hospitalized with it every year, which is more than heart disease and stroke combined. Any guesses??? You might be surprised to learn it’s sepsis.
September is Sepsis Awareness Month. From ClevelandClinic.org:
Sepsis, or inflammation resulting from the body’s fight against infection, is more prevalent in older adults. One reason is that your immune system weakens as you age. Fewer than 15 percent of Americans are older than 65, but that age group makes up 65 percent of sepsis cases, says Duncan Hite, MD, Director of Research, Department of Critical Care Medicine.
The Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) has put together a sepsis toolkit that includes an FAQ, who is at high risk for sepsis, and the signs or symptoms of sepsis.
- Shivering, fever, feeling very cold
- Extreme pain or feeling worse than ever
- Pale or discolored skin
- Sleepiness, difficulty waking up, confusion
- I feel like I might die
- Shortness of breath
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) produced an infographic to help “Prevent sepsis and improve early recognition.”