Did You Know???

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.”

The CDC added that sepsis begins outside of the hospital for nearly 80% of patients and a CDC evaluation found 7 in 10 patients with sepsis had recently used health care services or had chronic diseases requiring frequent medical care.
Next Tuesday, September 13th, is World Sepsis Day. Let us know how you think we can do a better job of battling this potentially deadly condition here in Arizona. Creating dialogue around key health issues is another piece of our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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