SEPSIS & SEPTIC SHOCK: "it can't happen to me"

Look, we don’t want to use this space to spread terrifying content for those with a spinal cord injury. The reality, however, is that in addition to the normal medical issues that the entire population has to deal with, we’re at a greater risk becoming exposed to several other secondary conditions and one of them is Sepsis. NorCal SCI’s co-founders lost a couple of friends last year due to Sepsis and so, because this is not a subject matter that gets a lot of attention, we wanted to share some information about it so that you’d be better informed.

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Sepsis and septic shock can result from an infection anywhere in the body, such as pneumonia, influenza, or urinary tract infections. Worldwide, one-third of people who develop sepsis die. Learn about the symptoms of Sepsis HERE. Unlike diseases or conditions like diabetes or kidney stones, there is no one test that can tell you have sepsis. Diagnosis is made after your doctor evaluates your symptoms, your history, and other tests that may indicate you have an infection. This can then lead your doctor to suspect you have sepsis. Equally important is to ensure that the medical facility or attending physicians do not rule out sepsis as the sooner it is identified, the more effective the treatment becomes.

And here’s where you can learn more about how to identify Sepsis.