Town hall meeting emphasizes the importance of Sepsis Awareness

NORFOLK – Members of the Norfolk Community gathered in the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College for a community town hall meeting called Connecting the Dots. In the meeting, experts talked about pressing issues involving antibiotics, immunizations, and Sepsis… but 40% of people in America have never even heard the word Sepsis..

Sepsis Medical Expert Steven Simpson defines Sepsis as: “life threatening organ disfunction caused by [the] body’s disorganized response to an infection.”

Sepsis also happens to be the third leading killer in America. The old adage is: In the beginning stages, Sepsis is hard to spot, but easy to treat. As time passes, it becomes easier to spot, but much more difficult to get rid of, so knowing the signs of Sepsis could prove to be life or death.

“Some of the key things that people can watch out for are high fever… rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and changes in mental status — making one confused or disoriented” – Simpson

Experts suggested the ability to detect Sepsis early on can be even more vital in less populated areas.

“It’s even more important in rural areas… because people are far enough away from an emergency room that… they can get dramatically worse during the trip, so they need to understand early on what some of those signs are.” -Simpson

For more information about Sepsis you can visit Sepsis.org

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