Presentation by Cindy Hou, DO, MBA, FACOI and Marianne Kraemer, RN, MPA, ED.M, CCRN, Kennedy Health-New Jersey
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is a toxic response to an infection. Every year, severe sepsis strikes more than a million Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), up to 50 percent of these people die. – far more than the number of U.S. deaths from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis occurs when the body is fighting an infection, like pneumonia or a urinary tract infection (UTI). Supposes is a medical emergency that requires early detection and treatment.
What are some signs and symptoms of Sepsis?
- A fast heart rate
- Breathing too quickly
- Low blood pressure
- Too little urine
- Mental confusion
It is important to educate patients (and their families) about infection prevention, Antibiotic Stewardship and more. An informed patient is more likely to be compliant with therapy, and can be a “co-pilot” in preventing infection and in understanding when antibiotics are needed-and when they are not.