Wellness Wednesday Discusses Sepsis

May 9, 2017


Minutes matter when it comes to treating sepsis—the killer condition that most Americans probably have never heard of. Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. It’s basically your body’s over active and toxic response to an infection. A common misconception about sepsis is that people develop it in the hospital. In fact, greater than 80% of all cases originate in the community!

The August Wellness Wednesday aims to educate you about the early signs of sepsis, including septic shock, identify people who are at high risk for developing this condition and emphasize immediate actions you should take if you or someone else notices these symptoms.

Early diagnosis of sepsis by health care providers is often missed, and by educating the public it has been estimated that 50% more lives can be saved through early recognition and medical care. Sepsis is a medical emergency, yet only half of American adults surveyed have ever even heard of sepsis! You may have heard of people dying from lung or kidney infections or from blood poisoning, but in each of these cases the cause of death was actually sepsis. Sepsis can progress very rapidly to septic shock and there is a great opportunity to educate the public so that they can recognize the early signs and symptoms of sepsis, notify your health care provider and say; “I’m concerned about sepsis.”

Presenter: Eve Bankert, MT (ASCP), Quality Improvement Specialist and former Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.

DATE: Wednesday August 16, 2017

TIME: 1:30-3:30 P.M.

PLACE: B’Nai Shalom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, NY

RSVP: 514-2023

FEE: Free



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