More people in the U.S. die each year from sepsis than from breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined.
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, even a common infection like cellulitis, pneumonia, or a UTI.
Monitor people who are recovering from an infection, or from a medical procedure or surgery. If you suspect sepsis, get medical care immediately.
- Confusion or disorientation
- Shortness of breath
- High heart rate
- Fever, shivering or feeling very cold
- Extreme pain or discomfort
If you treat every infection seriously, you’ll decrease the chance of getting sepsis.