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Stop Sepsis Before It Kills

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Monday, 14 October 2019 11:50 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Many people assume that actor Christopher Reeve, known for his role as Superman, died from complications of paralysis (he became quadriplegic after falling in a horse-riding accident).

But that wasn't the case. What started as a bedsore, a common hazard for people with profound mobility issues, triggered a condition called sepsis.

Sepsis is an overreaction by the body's immune system to chemicals that are released both by infecting bacteria (or viruses or fungi) and by the immune system itself.

The reaction launches a cascade of events that can damage organ systems and lead to septic shock, severely low blood pressure, and even death.

If that seems like an unusual sequence of events, it isn't. Sepsis is a leading cause of death in the U.S., but fewer than half of Americans are even aware of the illness.

It may surprise you that roughly 1.7 million Americans develop the condition, and some 260,000 die from it every year.

In fact, one in three patients who die in the hospital has sepsis.

Signs of sepsis include fever, chills, rapid breathing and heart rate, rash, low blood pressure, and confusion. But they can be overlooked because they are similar to other conditions.

While anyone can develop sepsis, the elderly, children under one year old, and people with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk.

If you or a loved one has any kind of infection and develops any of these symptoms, ask your doctor, “Could this be sepsis?”

Immediate intervention with intensive care that provides antibiotics and fluids can make the difference between life and death.

© King Features Syndicate

   
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