About Sepsis

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency, that can derive into multiple organs’ failure. It happens when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body

What are the most common causes of Sepsis?

  1. Lungs, such as pneumonia.
  2. Kidney, bladder and other parts of the urinary system.
  3. Digestive system.
  4. Bloodstream (bacteraemia)
  5. Catheter sites.
  6. Wounds or burns.

Sepsis was once commonly known as “blood poisoning.” It was almost always deadly. Today, even with early treatment, sepsis kills about 1 in 5 affected people. It causes symptoms such as fever, chills, rapid breathing, and confusion. Anyone can get sepsis, but the elderly, children, and infants are most vulnerable.

  1. The Major groups being affected in numbers:
    1. Children under 5 years of age
    1. Older children and adults
    1. Maternal i.e. women during pregnancy, or post pregnancy

A sepsis patient treatment costs between €40.000 – €60.000, that can be reduced by speeding up the treatment time and reducing potential risk of Septic shock leading to death.

To place this into a financial perspective, the global Health care cost each year is between 2 – 3 Trillion Euros / or 2.2 – 3.3 Trillion dollars.