Submitted to me by a member of our group today, an awareness article about Sepsis.  Though this article is not directly about Gastroparesis, it is common for GPers to have this complication. 

Please read this from Victoria Holland.

Sepsis takes lots of lives each day and has nearly taken mine. Each time i only just made it! My mum was told i would not make it through, but i proved them wrong. Know the warning signs and get help! The faster you do, the more chance of you making it through!

What Causes Blood Poisoning?

Blood poisoning occurs when bacteria causing infection in another part of your body enters your bloodstream. The presence of bacteria in the blood is referred to as septicemia. The terms septicemia and sepsis are often used interchangeably. Technically they aren’t quite the same. Septicemia, the state of having bacteria in your blood, can lead to sepsis. Sepsis is a severe and often life-threatening state of infection if it’s left untreated. Such infections most commonly occur in the lungs, abdomen, and urinary tract. Sepsis happens more often in hospitalized patients, where the risk of infection is already higher. Since blood poisoning occurs when bacteria enters the blood in conjunction with another infection, you won’t develop sepsis without having an infection first. In fact, this condition can occur in people who are recovering from surgeries, dental extractions, and severe wounds.

People with weakened immune systems are also at a greater risk, as well as young children and the elderly.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Blood Poisoning

The symptoms of blood poisoning include:

  • chills
  • moderate or high fever
  • rapid breathing
  • increased heart rate or palpitations
  • paleness

Some of these symptoms are associated with the flu or other illnesses. However, if you’ve had surgery recently or you’re recovering from a wound, it’s important that you call your doctor immediately after experiencing these possible signs of blood poisoning. Advanced symptoms of blood poisoning may be life-threatening and include:

  • confusion
  • red spots on the skin
  • shock
  • little to no urine production

Blood poisoning can lead to respiratory distress syndrome and septic shock. If the condition isn’t treated right away, these complications can lead to death.