Warning Signs of Sepsis

Identifying the Signs & Symptoms of Sepsis

Sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency, making it imperative that you know how to identify it so you can seek immediate medical attention. In recognition of Sepsis Awareness Month, the health experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are here to share some essential information about this life-threatening illness.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is when your body has an extreme immune response to an infection—once your body has become infected, it can cause a chain reaction throughout the rest of your body. Without proper treatment in a timely manner, sepsis can cause:

  • Extensive tissue damage.
  • Organ failure.
  • Death.

Who is at Risk for Sepsis?

Although anyone can get an infection that leads to sepsis, some people are at a higher risk. These people include:

  • Adults over 65.
  • Babies under 12 months old.
  • People with compromised immune systems.
  • People with chronic health conditions like diabetes, cancer, or kidney disease.
  • Sepsis survivors.

Warning Signs & Symptoms

While symptoms of sepsis can vary from person to person, a person with sepsis may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

  • High heart rate.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Confusion or disorientation.
  • Extreme pain and discomfort.
  • Fever.
  • Chills and feeling very cold.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Clammy skin.

If you think you or someone around you may have sepsis, it is important to remember that this is a medical emergency. Act fast and call 911 or seek emergency medical attention as quickly as possible.

Primary Care in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our team of highly trained and experienced family physicians and internists is dedicated to providing healthcare services to patients of all ages in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas.

 

To learn more about our primary care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).