Medical Monday: Sepsis Awareness Month

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A common infection can turn into a life threatening condition if your body overacts while trying to fight it, and it happens more often than you might think. This condition is called sepsis, and it's a medical emergency.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. It's a time to bring awareness to this life threatening condition, which requires immediate treatment.

Urinary tract infections and other bacterial infections can lead to sepsis if left untreated. Doctors urge you to get help immediately if you have a fever that won't go down, inability to eat or drink, weakness, fatigue or dizziness.

Dr. Terry Kolb from Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center says time is of the essence, "All too often folks arrive, and honestly we are so far behind the eight ball trying to catch up on someone that sick, it really does drive the severity of this disease. The earlier we can intervene the lower the severity and acuity of that disease will be."

Dr. Kolb says Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has protocol in place to immediately recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis. This has led to a higher rate of patients surviving the condition.

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