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Univera Healthcare on the dangers of sepsis

Posted at 4:06 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 16:20:22-04

A Healthier U is sponsored by Univera Healthcare.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. More people in the U.S. die each year from sepsis than from breast cancer, prostate cancer, and AIDS combined. There are thousands of cases locally each year.

Richard Vienne, D.O., is the vice president and chief medical officer of Univera Healthcare. He provided easy to understand information about sepsis in a recent Facebook Live interview with AM Buffalo host Linda Pellegrino.

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection.

An infection triggers a serious inflammatory response throughout the body. The inflammation can rapidly spread and damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail. Without timely treatment, it can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.

Common infections that can progress to sepsis include cellulitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and diverticulitis.

Sepsis is a health crisis. There are 1.7 million cases of sepsis and 270,000 deaths each year in the United States.

Watch for sepsis in people who are recovering from an infection, or from a medical procedure or surgery. Symptoms include…

· Confusion or disorientation
· Shortness of breath
· High heart rate
· Fever, or shivering, or feeling very cold
· Extreme pain or discomfort
· Clammy or sweaty skin

Act fast and get medical care immediately if you suspect sepsis or have an infection that’s not getting better or is getting worse. Early treatment with antibiotics and large amounts of intravenous fluids improves chances for survival.

Treat any infection seriously, and you will decrease the chances of developing sepsis.