How to Prevent Sepsis

HealthAfter50 | June 6, 2016 June 7, 2016

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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.

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Get your vaccines

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

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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.

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Clean scrapes and wounds

Wash well with soap and water.

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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.

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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.