Understanding the dangers of Sepsis, a medical emergency - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Understanding the dangers of Sepsis, a medical emergency

Dr. Jamie Roney, Doctor of Nursing Practice at Covenant (Source: KCBD Video) Dr. Jamie Roney, Doctor of Nursing Practice at Covenant (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Sepsis is a condition that comes when any infection gets out of control. It happens to more than a million Americans every year.

That's why Dr. Jamie Roney, Doctor of Nursing Practice at Covenant, says it's important to know the signs of this medical emergency.

She says, "You should be concerned that an infection is becoming an emergency If you've been taking antibiotics for 24 to 48 hours and you're not getting any better. You're getting worse and/or if you've had an infection and you've finished all of your antibiotics and you start worsening again."

Dr. Roney says people should understand that sepsis is a deadly event. She says even 90 days after a diagnosis of sepsis, the mortality rate is still 40 percent. Since sepsis is considered a medical emergency that can progress quickly, she says it's important to get treatment quickly. She adds that it's just as important to get reevaluated if you don't feel like you are recovering as you should.

Dr. Roney provided the list below for parents. She says if a child with an infection has any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor urgently or call 911 and say "I am concerned about sepsis."

  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Looks mottled, bluish, or has very pale skin
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a convulsion
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake up
  • Vomiting repeatedly
  • Has not urinated in 12 hours

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