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Sepsis is a life-threatening complication of infectious diseases and is associated with high mortality. This World Sepsis Day, AOP Health seeks to raise awareness.

Every 2.8 seconds, someone dies as a result of sepsis, reports the Global Sepsis Alliance. Despite this high mortality rate, we hear little about it. Sepsis, or "blood poisoning”, is the body's response to an infection. It can be caused by wounds or urinary tract infections, bacterial meningitis, but also viral infections such as COVID-19 or influenza.  

Sepsis can lead to organ damage, damage to the immune system and ultimately organ failure. People with weakened immune systems may be more likely to be affected by sepsis.

Lisa Böhle Sepsis Survivor

"The first time I heard the word sepsis was after I woke up from a coma," says Lisa Böhle, who contracted sepsis at just 24-year-old as a result of a meningococcal infection. "It took me weeks to understand that it almost cost me my life."

What to do in case of sepsis?

Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires countermeasures to be taken as quickly as possible.

But how do you recognize sepsis? Slurred speech, confusion, difficulty breathing, shivering, high fever, lack of urination and discolored skin are typical symptoms of sepsis. However, these symptoms may not occur immediately and to the same degree in every patient.

How to prevent sepsis?

The Global Sepsis Alliance points out that sepsis is the most preventable cause of death worldwide. As simple as it may sound, hygiene measures such as washing hands regularly and applying antiseptic to a scratch or small wound, or immunization, can go a long way toward preventing sepsis.

Understanding Sepsis