Who is at risk for sepsis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There are many factors that can increase your risk for sepsis. The most common risk factor is a weak immune system, which cannot fight off infections. Weakened immune systems are more likely to be found in infants, people over the age of 65, pregnant women, or anyone who has a disease that would affect their ability to fight off infections. Your risk is also increased if you have any medical device inserted in your body because this is an easy way to introduce bacteria into the body.

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