Six Symptoms of Sepsis

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors

Normally, your immune system works to fight germs, but with sepsis, your immune system turns on you instead. Sepsis can quickly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death if it’s not addressed promptly. That’s why sepsis is a medical emergency, and time matters.

So how do you recognize if you or someone you love might have sepsis? Sepsis can have a range of symptoms, which may differ depending on a person’s age and other risk factors. However, there are six main symptoms that are commonly associated with sepsis:

  1. Confusion or disorientation
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. High heart rate
  4. Fever, shivering
  5. Extreme fatigue
  6. Sweaty skin

Being aware of the symptoms and helping educate people about sepsis can be life-saving. Our printable postcard lists those six main symptoms, so you can take the knowledge with you and share it with your community.

Download the Six Symptoms of Sepsis Postcard

For additional information on sepsis symptoms and patient resources, visit the CDC’s website.

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