Learning About Sepsis
Sepsis is an infection that can damage organs causing them to fail and it has been the leading cause of death in hospitals.
Carlos Torres-Viera, Infectious Disease Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, explains any infectious diseases can lead to sepsis. It means the infection is so severe that the blood pressure drops and the heart and breathing go fast.
He also says sepsis is a term to describe a very serious infection, so a person can have tuberculosis and sepsis, for example.