What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, failure of multiple organs, and death. Organ failure and death are more likely if sepsis is not recognized early and not treated promptly.

Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection around the world and contributes to or causes between a third and a half of all deaths occurring in hospitals in the USA. Despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics, and acute care, millions of people around the world die of sepsis every year.

Sepsis is a serious illness that is very difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. Patients who develop sepsis have an increased risk of complications and death and face higher healthcare costs and longer treatment.


The following video explains sepsis in 3 minutes – including the most common causes, symptoms, how it can be diagnosed and treated, and more: see Sepsis explained in 3 min

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