How to Prevent Sepsis

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Lower Your Risk

You can’t always prevent sepsis, which is a rapid, whole-body response to illness, but you can lower your risk of developing it. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Get your vaccines

Make sure you’re immunized for pneumonia and the flu, for starters.

Wash your hands regularly

And give them a good scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds, not just a rinse. That will help fend off infections.

Clean scrapes and wounds

Wash well with soap and water.

Remove IV lines

If you’re in the hospital, ask your doctor or nurse to promptly remove any urinary catheter or intravenous lines as soon as they are no longer needed.

Seek immediate help

If you develop symptoms, don’t wait to call a doctor. Confusion and rapid breathing are early signs of sepsis. So are fever, rapid heart rate, chills, decreased urine output, and skin rashes.