Sepsis and...

Sepsis is related to a number of other diseases and conditions, many of which are risk factors for developing sepsis. Sepsis can also affect different populations in a variety of ways. Scroll through the list of “Sepsis and…” topics below (in alphabetical order) or use the search bar to find more information on how sepsis might affect you or a loved one.

Aging

Sepsis can and does affect people of all ages. The very young and those who already have a chronic health problem or a compromised immune system are at higher risk …

Amputations

Your blood plays many roles. Its most important is that it carries oxygen and nutrients to the organs and tissues throughout your body, from your brain to your smallest toe. …

Animal Bites

No matter how affectionate a pet can be, bites and scratches are always a possibility when you’re dealing with animals. Most often, a good cleaning and perhaps antibiotic ointment takes …

Antibiotic Resistance

There has been much in the news over the past few years about antibiotic resistance, infections caused by bacteria that can’t be treated with traditional antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is a …

Appendicitis

It used to be that almost everyone had their appendix removed at some point during their childhood. Now however, the surgery isn’t as common and many adults still have their …

ARDS

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening lung condition. It develops rapidly and drastically reduces the amount of oxygen your blood gets from your lungs. Your lungs are filled …

Autoimmune Diseases

An autoimmune disease is an illness that causes your immune system to attack your body’s healthy cells and tissues. Your immune system is made up of cells, proteins, and organs. …

Bacterial Infections

Bacteria are microscopic single-cell microorganisms that are found all around us. Most of them are harmless and many are helpful. For example, bacteria in your intestines (gut) help break down …

Blood Poisoning

Blood poisoning is a common term that is sometimes used incorrectly to describe sepsis. Sometimes a doctor or  nurse may say “blood poisoning” because they realize this is a term …

Burns

A burn is damage to your skin most often caused by fire/flame or steam and hot liquids. Burns can also be caused by chemicals, heated objects, or even electricity. They …

C. Difficile (C. diff)

Clostridium difficile, often called C. difficile or C. diff., is a bacteria spread by microscopic spores. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gut or colon – colitis. This can lead …

Camp Nurses

Camp nurses are in a unique position while caring for their charges. They work directly with the campers and counsellors 24 hours a day throughout their camp stay. For some …

Cancer

Cancer is a term that describes several malignant (dangerous, harmful) diseases that can affect just about every organ and system in the body. Malignant cells, or cancer cells, are abnormal cells …

Celebrities

Many celebrities and public figures have been affected by sepsis. Some survived their bout with the disease, but others died. Sepsis is an equal opportunity illness – it can affect …

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a type of infection that affects the skin and the tissue underneath. The bacteria, most commonly Group A streptococcal bacteria, enter the skin through an opening, such as …

Children

Sepsis can affect anyone at any time but it does tend to strike more often people at the extremes of life, the very old and the very young. As a …