Sepsis Awareness Month


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“Sepsis is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, yet 42% of American have never heard of sepsis. Education and early detection provides the best chance for survival and recovery,” states The Sepsis Alliance. The alliance every September, during Sepsis Awareness Month, focuses on ‘spreading the word about the importance of sepsis awareness and how remembering the acronym TIME can save lives.”


Exactly what is Sepsis? Sepsis.org defines sepsis as “the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening resposne to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. In other words, it’s your body’s overactive and toxic response to an infection.”


Statistics show a life is lost to sepsis every 2 minutes in the United States alone. Adults over 65 being 13 times more likely to be hospitalized from cases of sepsis, because their body has a more difficult time fighting infection. Did you know that nearly 92% of sepsis cases are NOT hospital cases but determined “community” cases?



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Because 92% of sepsis cases are “community cases”, The Sepsis Alliance’s “It’s About TIME” can play a critical role in caregiving. Cargivers are trained on ways to prevent and treat infection. But, knowing the TIME acroynm is a helpful tool for their caregiving tool kit.


The Sepsis Alliance’s acronym TIME (Temperature, Infection, Mental Decline, and Extremely Ill) shares the symptons to watch for:


· Temperature

o Higher or lower than normal

· Infection

o May have signs and symptoms of an infection

· Mental Decline

o Confused, Sleepy, Difficult to rouse

· Extremely Ill

o Severe pain or discomfort



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If a combination of these symptoms are apparent, share your concerns with a health care professional about sepsis. A health care professional can look for other identifying signs of sepsis such as[1]:


o High white blood cell count

o Immature white blood cell circulation

o Low blood pressure

o High cardiac index

o Low oxygen level

o Low urine output

o High creatine levels


These are only a few of the signs a health care professional can use to determine sepsis.

Remember: the earlier the detection, the better the chances of recovery with long-term effect and survival.


Take the sepsis quiz to find out how much you really know:

SEPSIS QUIZ: https://www.sepsis.org/quiz/


REFERENCES:


Reference: Sepsis It’s About Time

Accessed at: https://www.sepsis.org/itsabouttime/

Accessed on: August 23, 2018


Reference: It’s About Time: White Paper

Accessed at: file:///C:/Users/testing/Desktop/Sepsis-Its-About-Time-White-Paper-1.pdf

Accessed on: August 23, 2018


Reference Photo One: Sepsis Awareness Graphic

Created by: Cardinal Institute for Health Careers

Accessed on August 23, 2018


Reference Photo Two: Sepsis Time Infographic

Accessed at: https://www.sepsis.org/itsabouttime/

Accessed on August 23, 2018


Reference Photo Three: Sepsis Infographic #2

Accessed at: https://www.sepsis.org/itsabouttime/

Accessed on August 23, 2018


Disclaimer: All information, content, and material of the Cardinal Institute for Health Career’s blog is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.

[1] https://www.sepsis.org/sepsis/symptoms/

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