How can I get ahead of sepsis?

1|Prevent infections

Talk to your doctor or nurse about steps you can take to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis.

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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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Remember to wash your hands

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Keep cuts clean and covered until healed

3|Know the signs and symptoms


Signs of sepsis that your doctor or nurse can measure include any of the following:

High heart rate

High heart rate

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Fever, shivering, or feeling very cold


Symptoms of sepsis that you might experience can include a combination of any of the following:

Confusion or disorientation

Confusion or disorientation

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath

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Extreme pain or discomfort

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Clammy or sweaty skin

4|Act fast

Get medical care IMMEDIATELY if you suspect sepsis or have an infection that’s not getting better or is getting worse.

Fact Sheet
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Discover the four ways you can get ahead of sepsis.