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CDC Sepsis Diagaram

Addressing Sepsis

The rate of sepsis in the world continues to increase by 8-10% annually, about 18 million cases per year. Sepsis is the body’s response to an infection that can lead to organ failure and death. Sepsis is difficult to initially diagnose because it can be misdiagnosed as another illness based on its symptoms. Misdiagnosis of sepsis can cause more problems for the patient, allowing sepsis to continue to develop and worsen. The goal is to have early detection. One important factor that can aid in early detection is family members and patients identifying sepsis. This would occur through education about the illness to understand the symptoms that accompany sepsis and notice the changes in the patient’s symptoms. Symptoms of sepsis include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. For clinicians, early detection and prevention comes with adhering to the medical protocols and maintaining education, so these clinicians are capable of accurately diagnosis and treating sepsis in a timely manner.

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