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Sepsis: A Guide for Patients and Families

Sepsis: A Guide for Patients and Families

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Every 1.75 seconds someone in the world dies from sepsis. Sepsis is the number one reason why patients are admitted to the hospital in the United States and yet 50-60% of people have never heard of this life-threatening medical condition. This guide is intended to help patients and families understand, prevent, and act when they suspect sepsis.
Every 1.75 seconds someone in the world dies from sepsis. Sepsis is the number one reason why patients are admitted to the hospital in the United States and yet 50-60% of people have never heard of this life-threatening medical condition. This guide is intended to help patients and families understand, prevent, and act when they suspect sepsis.

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SEPSIS
A GUIDE FOR PATIENTS ANDFAMILIES
BY ANN E. LAPOLLA
 
Sepsis is a medical emergency. According tothe Global Sepsis Alliance, sepsis is the lead-ing cause of death worldwide and it is esti-mated to kill tens of millions of people eachyear. Recent surveys have shown that world-wide 50 to 60% of people were unfamiliar withthe term “sepsis”. This guide is a small step inthe journey to help patients and families un-derstand, prevent, and recognize sepsis.
INTRODUCTION TOSEPSIS
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WHAT IS SEPSIS?
Sepsis is a medical emergency that may occur as a re-sult of a severe infection or injury. In 2010 a group ofexperts from around the world met in New York at theMerinoff Symposium to work together to combat sep-sis. Together they developed a universal definition ofsepsis:“Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises whenthe body's response to an infection injures its own tis-sues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple or-gan failure and death especially if not recognizedearly and treated promptly. Sepsis remains the primarycause of death from infection despite advances inmodern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics andacute care. Millions of people die of sepsis every yearworldwide.”
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