Sepsis is when the body's response to a serious infection gets out of control. Hospital Acquired Infections are one of the major sources of the initial infection. Early detection is vital if the infection is to be tackled effectively.

The role of friends and family is important in spotting the initial symptoms of Sepsis. These can include fevers, shaking chills, flushed skin, racing heartbeat, and confusion, among other things. As the illness progresses, the blood pressure drops dangerously low, and organs can stop functioning correctly. This can take hours or days, depending on the individual. If sepsis is at all suspected, the patient should be brought to medical attention as quickly as possible. Remember, sepsis is a medical emergency and rapid treatment can make all the difference in whether or not a person recovers.