What Do You Know About Sepsis?

BRHS Education and Development Manager Paula McCombe spent today raising awareness of sepsis as part of the annual World Sepsis Day. Photo: Jake Lynch/BRHS

 

Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection around the world.

But what is sepsis?

Sepsis is a the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs.

It can lead to shock, failure of multiple organs, and death. Organ failure and death are more likely if sepsis is not recognized early and not treated promptly.

For more information about sepsis, including how to recognise and treat it, visit www.australiansepsisnetwork.net.au.

BRHS Education and Development Manager Paula McCombe spent today raising awareness of sepsis as part of the annual World Sepsis Day.

To learn more about sepsis, contact Paula at paula.mccombe@brhs.com.au.

According to the Australian Sepsis Network, the clinical diagnosis of sepsis may be obvious, such as when someone presents to the emergency department with community acquired pneumonia or a perforated viscus.

However, in other circumstances and when onset is more insidious the diagnosis of sepsis can be missed.

Sepsis is a serious illness that is very difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. Patients who develop sepsis have an increased risk of complications and death and face higher healthcare costs and longer treatment.

For more information about sepsis, including how to recognise and treat it, visit www.australiansepsisnetwork.net.au.