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September 22, 2017
Local Groups Drive Awareness of Sepsis, How to Spot Warning Signs
September is Sepsis Awareness Month and CHI Franciscan Health and Kitsap County Cross Continuum Care Transitions Project (KC4TP) are sharing important information with the community to help people identify sepsis and get care.
Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Every year, severe sepsis strikes more than a million Americans. It's been estimated that up to 50 percent of those diagnosed, will succumb to the condition.
“Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis can be deadly,” said Catherine Druce, RN, with CHI Franciscan Health. “Call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately if you have any signs or symptoms of an infection or sepsis. This is a medical emergency. It’s important that you say, ‘I am concerned about sepsis.’”
Sepsis is easily mistaken for other less harmful infections. The signs and symptoms of Sepsis can include the following:
- Heart rate greater than 90 beats per minute
- Cough or shortness of breath
- Frequent urination, foul smelling urine, new incontinence
- New/old wounds appear red, swollen, or have new drainage that appears infected
To help stay healthy, medical experts recommend these tips:
- Always complete a series of prescribed anti-biotics
- Wash hands frequently
- Get loved ones or residents vaccines, flu shots, or pneumonia shot
About CHI Franciscan Health
CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington with $2.6 billion in net revenue and a team of nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at eight acute care hospitals and approximately 200 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; and Regional Hospital, Burien. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system spans more than 1,100 acute care beds, a credentialed medical staff of more than 1,500 including more than 800 employed physicians providing specialties in cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences and women’s care. CHI Franciscan’s mission focuses on creating healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In 2015, the organization provided $141 million in community benefit, including $10 million in charity care.