There are three stages to sepsis: sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock. Severe sepsis occurs when there is organ damage, resulting from the body’s inflammation. Severe sepsis becomes septic shock if your blood pressure drops too low. In addition to the symptoms of sepsis and severe sepsis, symptoms of septic shock can include
- Rapid pulse
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Lower than normal body temperature
- Rapid breathing
Rapid identification and treatment of septic shock is vital to increase the chances of survival. For every hour that appropriate treatment is delayed, the chances of surviving drops by about 8%.
Many of septic shock survivors experience long-lasting complications related to their illness, both physically and mentally. To learn more about issues that can affect severe sepsis survivors, visit visit the Post-Sepsis Syndrome page and Life After Sepsis. You can also learn more here: Diagnosed with Sepsis.