Sepsis is the body’s response to infection. Anyone can get an infection, and any infection can lead to sepsis. However, those at higher risk include the elderly and people with a weakened immune system or multiple medical problems. Sepsis is a medical emergency and can lead to death, but if it is caught early, antibiotics and intravenous fluids can increase the chances of survival.
In Alabama, common conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and kidney disease contribute to an increased risk of developing sepsis and lower recovery rates. UAB Medicine’s commitment to the population of the region led us to create a comprehensive sepsis care plan, which maximizes the chances of survival by identifying sepsis early and starting treatment immediately. We follow an innovative and standardized screening, response, and treatment process known as Code Sepsis. Members of the medical emergency team respond to the bedside for each Code Sepsis patient and work with the existing care team to rapidly evaluate suspected sepsis cases and deliver the most effective treatment.
UAB Medicine’s sepsis program is led by a team of specialists dedicated to improving sepsis care. We also strive to educate patients and their loved ones on how to identify sepsis and when to seek medical attention.
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