Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. Sometimes sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Every 20 seconds someone in America is hospitalized with sepsis, though more adults and children are surviving each year. In resource restricted countries, sepsis complications -- such as death -- are higher especially in infants, children and the elderly. Sepsis survivors may experience new problems that can continue for years, such as difficulty with memory and concentration, anxiety and depression, weakness and difficulty completing routine tasks. This video offers strategies for sepsis survivors and their families. The Sepsis Alliance and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), through the SCCM THRIVE initiative, are dedicated to raising awareness about sepsis survivorship.
Sepsis: Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) to multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS)