NRMC Warns of Sepsis Symptoms
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Sepsis is an extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening. Without the right treatment, sepsis can cause organ failure, amputation, or death. More than 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with sepsis every year – that’s one person every 20 seconds. Thousands of lives can be saved each year by simply raising awareness of its symptoms. Early recognition and treatment are key.
“We have the opportunity to help save lives from sepsis simply by sharing information about symptoms and stressing the reality that sepsis is a potentially life-threatening emergency. It can happen to anyone. The life you save by spreading sepsis awareness could be your own or that of a loved one,” says Holly Bush, Chief Quality Officer at Nevada Regional Medical Center.
• Sepsis is a medical emergency that kills over 250,000 people in the U.S. a year – one every two minutes. This is more than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined.
• More than 75,000 children develop severe sepsis each year and 6,800 of these children lose their life, more than from childhood cancers.
• Sepsis is a worldwide emergency. More than 26 million people from around the globe are affected by sepsis each year and it is the largest killer of children – more than 5 million each year.
There is no one symptom of sepsis but a combination of symptoms. They include shivering and fever, extreme pain, accelerated heartbeat, sleepiness or being difficult to rouse, pale or discolored skin, or shortness of breath. Recognizing these symptoms is particularly important in people who have recently been ill, had an infection, or have had an invasive procedure, such as an intravenous, a urinary catheter, or even a tattoo or piercing. If you suspect you or someone you know may have sepsis, see a medical professional immediately, call 911, or go to a hospital and say, “I am concerned about sepsis.”
For more information on sepsis or Sepsis Alliance, please visit Sepsis.org.
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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.