Bacterial infections can develop in several ways, including from open wounds, surgical wounds, burns, consuming contaminated food or beverages, and breathing airborne bacteria.
Reduction in sepsis mortality is directly dependent on early identification and rapid initiation of appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Fast and accurate diagnosis may also shorten the length of a hospital stay and potentially help reduce the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria.
“The thing about sepsis, that I can tell you from living experience, is that it’s super-fast,” said Clawson. “When you get sepsis, it’s a downhill turn and turning it back around is not something that’s easy to do.”
Find your way through a scenario involving an infection leading to sepsis. At critical points, you must make choices about what you would do—and just like in real life, the decisions you make can change your ultimate outcome.