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Sepsis is an emergency – act fast
If you suspect sepsis, it is an emergency, like a heart attack, stroke, or multiple trauma. The patient requires immediate medical attention in a hospital with an intensive care unit.
His or her chances of survival depend to a large extent on receiving successful treatment for the infection that led to sepsis, including broad-range antibiotics and any other treatment necessary to eliminate the cause of infection. This treatment must also be supported by suitable steps to stabilize blood circulation, like infusions and medicine.
Every minute counts!
• Give high flow oxygen (via non-rebreather mask)
• Take blood cultures
• Give IV antibiotics
• Start IV fluid resuscitation
• Check hemoglobin and lactate Monitor hourly urine output accurately

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8_ Kumar A, Roberts D, Wood KE, et al.: Duration of hypotension before initiation of effective antimicrobial therapy is the critical determinant of survival in human septic shock. Crit Care Med, 34: 1589-1596, 2006.
Over the past year we've been collecting the questions we receive most frequently about sepsis. Please share this information with your friends and family. Don’t see your question on the list? Get in touch with us, and we’ll do our best to help.
Sepsis Facts
Sepsis is common and often deadly. It remains the primary cause of death from infection, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics, and intensive care.
What is sepsis
Pat had a pneumococcus sepsis because he lost his spleen after a car accident as a teenager. He experienced multiple organ failure, followed by critical illness polyneuropathy.
How to prevent sepsis
Sepsis is always caused by an infection, most often by bacteria, but sometimes by fungi or protozoa (such as malaria). That means that preventing infection is one of the best ways to prevent sepsis.
Suspect sepsis
If you, a relative, or a patient feels "severely sick", "that something is wrong", or "are not yourself", and shows any of the following symptoms, you should suspect sepsis: