Sepsis, though not common, is extremely dangerous. It can be deadly. Anyone who has it needs to seek medical care as soon as possible. It’s impossible to overstate how risky this condition is.
Think of it as a medical chain reaction. Your body gets an infection. As it fights it, it overreacts. This creates a life-threatening extreme response. It can cause your organs to shut down. In the latest stages, it can be fatal. The infection spreads all through your body, rather than staying at the site of the initial issue.
Signs that you may have sepsis include:
- High heart rate
- Trouble breathing
- Extreme pain
- Sweaty, clammy skin
For instance, maybe you were hit by a car while riding your bike. That caused a compound fracture. That was not a good start, but hardly a life-threatening issue. The emergency crews took you to the hospital.
Since the bone broke the skin, though, an infection set in. At first, the site was red and painful. You needed medication for it. Then, one day you woke up feeling sick, as if you had a fever or the flu. That could mean that the infection had gone well beyond that initial break in the skin (or your fractured bone) and that it had turned septic.
This can be deadly even for those who are otherwise in great physical condition. It can lead to months of medical care if you survive. Clearly, that car accident caused far more issues than you first encountered when you got hit. Make sure you are well aware of the legal options you have to seek out compensation. With everything that you’ve suffered, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burdens of someone else’s mistake.