How can I get ahead of sepsis?

As a patient, specific steps can be taken to reduce your risk of sepsis, including caused by COVID-19, such as:

1 Prevent infections

Talk to your healthcare professional about steps you can take to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis. Some steps include:

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Take good care of chronic conditions

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Get recommended vaccines

2 Practice good hygiene

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Wash your hands

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Keep cuts clean and covered until healed

3 Know the signs and symptoms of sepsis

A patient with sepsis might have one or more of the following signs or symptoms:

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High heart rate or low blood pressure

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Fever, shivering, or feeling very cold

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Confusion or disorientation

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Shortness of breath

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Extreme pain or discomfort

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Clammy or sweaty skin

A medical assessment by a healthcare professional is needed to confirm sepsis.

4 ACT FAST

Sepsis is a medical emergency. If you or your loved one has an infection that’s not getting better or is getting worse, ACT FAST. Get medical care IMMEDIATELY either in-person, or at minimum, through telehealth services. Ask your healthcare professional, “Could this infection be leading to sepsis?” and if you should go to the emergency room for medical assessment.

Fact Sheet

Infographic: 4 Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis

 

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Discover the four ways you can get ahead of sepsis.