- Sepsis is an acute infection.
- Body’s response to infection damages its own cells which may lead to the death of the patient
- One in four ICU patients in India gets affected by Sepsis
- One in two Sepsis infection in hospitals ends in death
- WHO suggest extensive awareness campaigns against the disease
Sepsis is a case of acute infection in which the body’s response to an infection damages its own cells and tissues. In worst conditions, it can be life-threatening, and death rates from sepsis are higher in high-income countries.
In India, one in four ICU patients gets affected by sepsis and one in two dies, reveals a study conducted in 2012. The incidence of sepsis across the world has been estimated to be 18 million per year. Due to several existing medical conditions, a person’s susceptibility to sepsis decreases and gradually succumbs to the infection. Thus, sepsis is one among the most common reason for hospital deaths across the globe.
- High temperature
- Fast heart rate
With increasing severity, the symptoms too would be more visible. Symptoms of severe sepsis include:
A major problem in dealing with Sepsis is the lack of awareness. The majority of the population who lives in the rural, low-income regions are unaware of something called sepsis, and they just ignore its symptoms.
World Health Assembly, in May 2017 had passed a resolution seeking extensive awareness campaigns against this deadly infection and urged for collective effort to reach out to the lower strata of the society all over the world.
Health experts and researchers recommend that health workers across the globe who maintain a close relationship with the rural population should be made aware of sepsis, its symptoms and how deadly it can be.
- Most of the Sepsis infections happen from hospitals. Be cautious against it. Stick to hygiene like washing hands and avoid too many visitors while in hospitals.
- Get vaccination: There are vaccinations available to avoid infections. Consult your doctor and get it appropriately.
- Another sepsis hotspot is your wounds. In case you develop any injuries or wounds, clean it and cover it with medicine.
- Don’t ignore the symptoms. As far as sepsis is concerned, early detection lowers risk of fatalities. So always follow the symptoms.
- Ensure the right treatment by identifying the bacteria that causes the sepsis. It is your right to know the treatment and the causative factor for your disease.