Time is the enemy for patients with sepsis. Their bodies are mounting a massive, life-threatening response to infection that can destroy tissue and damage organs in a matter of minutes.
Septic patients rely on clinical staff to know the signs and symptoms, and to react quickly and efficiently to help save their lives.
Sepsis is a challenge for hospitals nationwide. At UF Health, our care teams treat about 3,300 septic patients every year. Interdisciplinary teams are using new tools, strategies and processes to identify sepsis and respond swiftly with treatment. The goal is to halt the infection early on to reduce complications and mortality.
The elderly, premature infants and patients with weakened immune systems or chronic, serious illnesses have the highest incidence of sepsis. However, any patient with an infection can become septic.