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How to survive and prevent sepsis

"It was just a cut," explain parents in the video above of Rory
Staunton, their 12-year old who skidded while playing
basketball in gym class and got a seemingly innocent cut on his
elbow. Later that night he was throwing up and had a fever of
104ºF. Medical staff evaluated Rory and dismissed his condition
as an ordinary flu bug, in reality it was something much more
sinister than a stomach virus. In Rory's case, he had suspicious
blue marks on his body, a racing pulse, low blood pressure and
other warning signs, including a leg that was hurting, though it
was his elbow that received a scrape in gym class.
Unfortunately, medical staff overlooked them all, parents were
unaware, like most people are, about Sepsis. Very shortly
thereafter Rory died. The symptoms were telltale signs and yet
this tragedy could have been prevented.

This story underscores that a simple cut can lead to tragedy. It
also stresses the important role you can take as a prepper to
prevent Sepsis from happening to your loved ones.  If you can
help recognize the symptoms, then you can begin to help
identify Sepsis to improve survival chances. Learn the
symptoms so you can take action.

#2: Understand Sepsis and recognize the symptoms.
In preventing this life-threatening illness, you must first know
what it is. Sepsis happens to an individual when chemicals
release into the bloodstream to fight an infection then trigger
inflammation throughout the body. This is the catalyst to
damage of multiple organs and leading them to fail. Septic
shock is a medical emergency and can lead to death. It begins
in three phases:

There are more than a million cases of Sepsis annually in the
United States.

Symptoms of Sepsis may include:
  • infection
  • breathing difficulties / hyperventilation:
  • Respiratory rate more than 20 breaths per minute
  • diarrhea, sore throat and vomiting
  • extreme weakness
  • fast heart rate of more than 90 beats a minute
  • fever of more than 101ºF  
  • Chills (Hypothermiea - core temperaeture is less than 96.8
  • low blood pressure
  • mental confusion
  • Medical professionals may also be able to recognize:
  • Leukocytosis (leukocyte count more than 12,000 cells per
  • Leukopenia (leukocyte count less than 4,000 cells per mm3)

Centers for Disease Control have developed a mnemonic for
Sepsis to help evaluate and remind us all that "there is no
single sign or symptom of sepsis.":

S~Shivering, fever, or very cold
E~Extreme pain or general discomfort ("worst ever")
P~Pale or discolored skin
S~Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused
I~"I feel like I might die"
S~Short of breath

#3: Know that every minute counts!
If you suspect Sepsis, know that every minute counts in getting
prompt medical attention. If an emergency room is available, go
immediately for treatment because Sepsis is treatable. Don't
leave and be content with an IV of fluids. Be persistent in your
suspicion of Sepsis and have the staff work promptly with the
labs for the proper diagnosis.

Treatment for Sepsis may include:
  • High flow oxygen (via non-rebreather mask)
  • Blood cultures
  • IV antibiotics
  • IV fluid resuscitation
  • Hemoglobin and lactate monitoring hourly
  • urine output accurately

#4: Be aware of the people most at risk.
Take preemptive care to know the triggers and people most
possibly affected by Sepsis. For example, take extra care if
you've ever had pneumonia and take immediate action if you
suspect an infection or can confirm infection (even a minor one).

Be aware of the triggers of Sepsis include:
  • abdominal infection
  • bloodstream infection
  • kidney infection
  • pneumonia

People who are most susceptible include:
  • very young
  • very old
  • people with weakened immune systems
  • diabetes

Keep a watchful eye of symptoms in seniors.
Sepsis can happen to anyone, but it is more common in seniors
as they have a weakened immune system.

Know the risk factors of people with weakened immune
People also at risk for sepsis include those who have a weaker
immune systems,  including people who have HIV or who are
undergoing chemotherapy. In this group also include babies and
children who are developing their immune systems.

Be mindful about Sepsis and take immediate action to get
medical help.

#5: Sepsis always begins with an infection.
Sepsis is an infection in the blood and the body's reaction to it.
The life threat is the body's over reaction to the infection.

Any kind of pathogen can start sepsis:
  • bacteria ~ a bacterial infection is the most common.
  • viral
  • parasite
  • fungal infection

#6: If you have medical training, get the Sepsis
reference cards.
The quickest way to reference acid-base values and
interpretation is with our Rapid ID cards. Designed to be carried
behind your hospital or clinic ID, this card makes ABG
interpretation simple and with its doubled sided design, SIRS
and Sepsis definitions are at your fingertips. Our Rapid ID cards
are made of strong plastic that will last as long as you want to
carry it and slotted to fit your ID badge.

The most important thing you can do is identify sepsis, so that
you can get fluids and antibiotics to the patient.
Sepsis cards for hospital ID badges
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Recognize the symptoms and treatment to survive Sepsis

Symptoms and treatment of Sepsis.
Recognize the first signs of sepsis and you may save a loved
one's life. An extreme reaction of infection, Sepsis is when an
innocent cut, scrape or burn leads to a deadly infection.

Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals and it's a
medical emergency that preppers can avoid by recognizing the
warning signs and taking immediate action. How do you know if
someone has sepsis? Below are the telltale signs of sepsis and
information to help you avoid sepsis...

How to Survive Sepsis
Sepsis is a dangerous condition can happen because of a cut! It
usually begins with a bacterial infection from a burn, a cut or
scrape, but it can also come from an infection that seeps
through nail biting, a stubbed toe or as a result of a hospital

Sepsis is often described as a blood poisoning, but it's not
blood poisoning. The underlying cause of sepsis is microbes. It's
an extreme response to an infection of just about any kind
whether it's a bacterial, a fungal, a parasitic or a viral infection.

Sepsis is risky for people already in the hospital for another
serious illness ~ and sepsis is tricky to spot because it's
sometimes an infection sometimes of unknown origin. Sepsis
can come from a tooth abscess, a urinary tract infection, a
fungal or viral infection or even appendicitis. Below are some
basic steps to take to help you mitigate the risks of Sepsis...

Sepsis kills more people than cancer in the United States
annually ~ it's more common than a heart attack, and yet most
have hardly ever heard of it. Educate yourself and others in the
prevention of Sepsis. Your quick action could possibly save the
life of a loved one, and if you recognize the symptoms in
yourself, you could take action and instruct others to get you
out of harms way and into the emergency room. Here's more on
how to prevent Sepsis...

#1: Always clean wounds.
One of the most important ways to prevent Sepsis is to be
vigilant to help all infections heal, especially
burns, cuts and
scrapes. Even a minor infection can lead to Sepsis, which is why
cleansing even a minor cut, scrape or burn is of utmost
importance in prevention of Sepsis.It
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People often use the term “the flu” to describe a stomach bug or
food poisoning, but influenza actually is a respiratory illness.
There are many kinds of flu, ranging from seasonal influenza to
more serious conditions such as
H1N1 influenza (Swine flu),  or
avian flu (bird flu).

With the re-emergence of Swine flu, lay persons may have
trouble identifying the differences of Swine Flu and Sepsis.
Certainly the two diseases share some similarities including:
trouble breathing discolored skin tone fever and confusion, This
is why it's important for a  quick and appropriate diagnosis.

Influenza has nothing to do with the gastrointestinal system (the
span from mouth to rectum). As a respiratory illness, Influenza
commonly includes coughing, runny nose, headache high fever
and muscle pains, though in children there may be nausea and

The thing is, Influenza can lead to viral pneumonia, or secondary
bacterial pneumonia and these things will put a person at
significant risk for Sepsis.

That is a significant thing to know: Sepsis can be a complication
of almost any kind of infection!

Many infections can cause Sepsis, including:
  • food poisoning
  • influenza
  • pneumonia
  • urinary tract infections

What more is there to know about Sepsis?
Interestingly, Dengue Fever and Ebola may also progress to
acute organ dysfunction and result in death from multiple organ
failure and septic shock. Here's more facts about Sepsis:

  • There are 1 million cases of Sepsis each year in the
    United States according to the Centers for Disease Control

  • 9.3% of all deaths in the united States are from Sepsis.
    (Source ~ Course #94341 Sepstis: Diagnosis and Treatment
    by Patricia Lea, RN, MSEd, CCRN, and John M. Leondrd, M.
  • Sepsis kills more than 258,000 Americans annually,
    according to the CDC.
  • Sepsis kills more people than cancer in the United
    States annually.
  • Sepsis is more common than a heart attack.
  • Half of all hospital deaths are from Sepsis.

Finally, it's good to know that are some natural ways to combat
sepsis. Anise essential oil can give wounds an effective
protective layer against infections and sepsis.

Happy endings...
While diagnosis requires lab testing, the good and happy news is
that Sepsis is treatable by a medical professional. Treatment
antibiotics and intravenous fluids. You can help prevent
Sepsis by spreading the word about Sepsis. Every
September 13
is World Sepsis Day. One day a year, you can be an ambassador
for education of Sepsis. Only with your help in recognizing the
symptoms can you help prevent the most common pathway to
death following an infection.

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