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Ever Heard of Sepsis? Know and Support the Signs to Save Lives
Sepsis affects more than 1 million people in the US every year. 28 – 50 percent of these patients die, which is more than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. Yet very few people have heard of it and it often goes undiagnosed because its symptoms mirror other diseases and conditions.
Dr. Clifford Deutschman and his team are defining the signs of sepsis so that sepsis patients receive the immediate, life-saving treatment they need.
Dr. Deutschman’s Research Sepsis, which is a body's overwhelming response to infection, typically occurs when germs from an infection get into the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. To fight the infection, the body mounts an immune response that may trigger inflammation that damages tissues, potentially causing organ failure and death. The more time it takes to diagnose sepsis, the less likely for a positive outcome. Dr. Deutschman, a scientist at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, aims to find a quicker means to identify sepsis so that people suffering from it will get treated more quickly and more likely survive.
He believes that one of the major factors making sepsis hard to diagnose is the lack of clearly-defined signs of the condition. Help Dr. Deutschman continue to study sepsis to further define the symptoms. This work has the potential to save thousands of lives.