About Sepsis

Sepsis is characterized by an overwhelming systemic response to infection, which can rapidly lead to organ dysfunction and ultimately death. Sepsis frequently occurs among hospitalized patients, infants, children and the elderly. It can be triggered by a bacterial, viral, parasitic or fungal infection. Sepsis often results from events such as trauma, surgery, burns or severe illness. If you get an infection of any type, you can get sepsis. Currently, sepsis is the third leading cause of death in the United States killing more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined. Early detection is the key in fighting this rampant killer.