What Is Sepsis?
Infectious Diseases

What Is Sepsis?

    What Is Sepsis?

    Sepsis is an infection that causes organ failure and death. Learn what it is and how to recognize it.

    Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by bacteria in the blood stream. It can occur when someone has an injury or illness that allows bacteria into the bloodstream.


    What Is Sepsis?

    Sepsis is an inflammation of the body's organs, especially the lungs, kidneys, liver, and intestines. This inflammation can cause damage to these organs and lead to shock and other complications.


    Signs & Symptoms

    Sepsis is often caused by bacteria entering the bloodstream through a cut or wound. If not treated quickly, sepsis can progress into severe septic shock, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), and even death.


    Treatment Options

    There are several treatment options available for patients with sepsis. These include antibiotics, fluids, vasopressors, mechanical ventilation, and dialysis. Antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria causing the infection. Fluid therapy helps maintain blood pressure and organ function. Vasopressors help maintain blood pressure when fluid replacement alone isn’t enough. Mechanical ventilation provides oxygenation and removes carbon dioxide. Dialysis replaces kidney functions lost during sepsis.



    Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune system responds inappropriately to an infection. This response leads to inflammation and damage to organs. If left untreated, sepsis can lead to shock, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), and death.


    Prevention Tips

    There are several ways to prevent sepsis. First, make sure patients receive prompt treatment for infections. Second, ensure that healthcare providers follow evidence-based guidelines for antibiotic use. Third, avoid unnecessary procedures and surgeries. Fourth, monitor patients closely after surgery. Finally, educate patients about signs and symptoms of sepsis so they can seek care early.

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    Infectious Diseases

    Prof. M.D.

    Alaettin PAHSA

    Koru Sincan Hospital

    Infectious Diseases

    Specialist M.D.

    Ali ÖZÖN

    Koru Ankara Hospital