Are you people familiar that from 120 000 people suffering from sepsis, almost 40 000 are losing their lives. Most of us don’t even know what sepsis is and which symptoms we should be looking for, and just like any other illness it is the most important thing to act as early as possible, therefore is a must the symptoms to be known and in case noticing any of it, to visit a doctor.
First things first, what is sepsis?
Regardless that they are rare, they are serious infection of injury, which can be fatal.
The causes of sepsis
Sepsis happens when the body has an extreme reaction to an infection or injury.
The immune system goes into overdrive trying to fight the bacteria that have entered the body.
This can cause vital organs to fail, such as the kidneys, heart and brain, and the body to go into shock.
The following symptoms are indicating possible sepsis and is highly recommended to seek medical help:
• Looks mottled, bluish or pale
• Is very lethargic or difﬁcult to wake
• Feels abnormally cold to touch
• Is breathing very fast
• Has a rash that doesn’t fade when you press it
• Has a ﬁt or convulsion
Additional symptoms which can indicate on sepsis:
• Over 38°C in babies under three months
• Over 39°C in babies aged three to six months
• Finding it harder than usual to breathe
• Making grunting noises with each breath
• Not weeing for over 12 hours
EATING AND DRINKING
• No interest in feeding in a baby under a month old
• Not drinking for more than eight hours when awake
Acting quickly could save their life, so take them to A&E or call 999.
It is sad that the young children are the most vulnerable group, but it is not a rule since anyone who had suffered injury can develop sepsis.