Tshwaetsego ya Sepsis le Dr Boitumelo Mashitisho – Specialist Physician

We are living in times whereby anything can happen anytime anywhere. We are prone to different kinds of chronic illnesses. Today on our health feature we intend to discuss a rather rare infection; Sepsis.
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body. This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.
If sepsis progresses to septic shock, blood pressure drops dramatically, this may lead to death.
Anyone can develop sepsis, but it's most common and most dangerous in older adults or those with weakened immune systems. Early treatment of sepsis, usually with antibiotics and large amounts of intravenous fluids, improves chances for survival.