What is sepsis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Sepsis is an immune response, normally to a bacterial infection, throughout the whole body. Your immune system responds to infection with inflammation at the site of the infection, but with sepsis your entire body becomes inflamed. Sepsis could potentially be life-threatening if antibiotics are not taken soon after the systemic response. Sepsis can result in either an unusually high or low temperature, and may lead extremely low blood pressure or septic shock.

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