Sepsis is a medical emergency caused by the body’s response to infections and can be life-threatening if not immediately addressed. When you get an infection, your body will normally release chemicals into your bloodstream to fight the bacteria. Sepsis occurs when your body’s response to these chemicals is out of balance. This imbalance can trigger changes that can damage multiple organ systems.
While sepsis can happen to anyone, it is most common and most dangerous among:
- Older adults
- Pregnant women
- Children under 1 year
- Patients who suffer from chronic conditions
- People who have weakened immune systems
Oftentimes, sepsis occurs in people who are hospitalized or have recently been hospitalized. Seniors in Intrinsic Home Care, Inc. are also vulnerable.
To be diagnosed with sepsis, you must have a confirmed infection and a change in mental status, a systolic pressure less than or equal to 100 millimeters of mercury, and a respiratory rate higher than or equal to 22 breaths a minute.
Sepsis range from less to severe. Those who are experiencing a moderate form of sepsis can greatly benefit from home care services. At this stage, sepsis is can still be treated through medication, which is what our staff can help ensure that you get your doses right.
Complications such as blood clots forming in your organs and limbs can lead to organ failure and tissue death (gangrene). Patients at this stage will need daily assistance, which is why we recommend getting personal care in Indiana.
If you have a loved one diagnosed with sepsis and you’re worried about their well-being at home, we offer quality companion care in Illinois. To learn more about how we can help, dial 312-967-3177 or 219-961-2560.