September is Sepsis Awareness month! Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body's response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amuptations and death.
Did you know? In the US 1.7 million people, in one year, had sepsis. Sepsis is the third leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer, killing more than 270,000 people each year. That's one person every two minutes!
When it comes to sepsis, remember "It's about TIME", Watch for T=temperature (higher or lower than normal); I=Infection (may have signs and symptoms of infection); M=Mental decline (confused, sleepy, difficult to rouse); E=Extremely ill ("I feel like I might die"). If you suspect sepsis, see a doctor, call 911, or go to the hospital right away and ask "Could it be sepsis?"