Look out for sepsis

by Medindia Content Team on  July 4, 2002 at 5:39 PM General Health News
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Look out for sepsis
Researchers at the critical care centre felt that, everyone should be aware of the dangers of sepsis, a life-threatening response to infection. Sepsis occurs when the body over-reacts to an infection. It often follows trauma, surgery or is associated with cancer but it can attack anyone. In fact sepsis claims more lives than breast, colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer together, and is the leading cause of death in intensive care.

Dr Jean-Louis, a critical care expert at the University of Belgium, thinks everyone should be more aware of the possibility of sepsis. Symptoms include fever and shaking chills, reduced mental alertness might be with confusion nausea and vomiting. Be concerned if an infection does not clear up within a few days, or seems to be getting worse. Sepsis can take hold very rapidly, so prompt medical attention is essential.


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