Sepsis is the body’s response to a life-threatening infection. It can lead to organ-related complications as well as tissue damage, and, in the worst-case scenario, death. More than 257,000 Americans are killed by sepsis each year. If you have sepsis, you need to get treatment in its early stages. To be diagnosed with sepsis, a person must exhibit specific symptoms including a body temperature of above 101F or a high heart rate.
Sepsis can be caused by any infection anywhere in the body. That’s why pneumonia is one of the most common causes of sepsis. Pneumonia itself can be community-acquired, and it can also be due to a healthcare-associated infection. Over 1,7 million hospitalizations in the United States are caused by healthcare-associated infections each year. It is essential to treat pneumonia as soon as possible to ensure adequate treatment. What makes pneumonia especially deadly is the fact that its symptoms can often overwhelm the body, especially in older individuals or those with a weaker immune system.