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September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Union General Hospital has joined the worldwide effort to raise awareness of sepsis.  Below, you will find the most commonly asked questions in regards to sepsis along with their answers. 

What is Sepsis?

  • Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ dysfunction, and death. 
  • The goal is early identification and treatment. 

Who is at risk?

  • Anyone can get sepsis.
  •  Populations that are at an increased risk include infants, people aged 65 years or older, those who have a weakened immune system, or those who have chronic medical conditions.

What are the signs and symptoms of sepsis?

  • There are no specific signs of sepsis rather a group of symptoms that can indicate sepsis.   If you have severe infection, symptoms can include shivering, fever, or very cold, extreme pain or discomfort, clammy or sweaty skin, confusion or disorientation, shortness of breath, and high heart rate.

How do I prevent sepsis?

  • Get vaccinated against flu, pneumonia, and other infections that could lead to sepsis. 
  • Prevent infections by cleaning scrapes and wounds and practicing good hygiene, such as hand washing. Know that time matters. 
  • If you have a severe infection, look for signs and symptoms of sepsis.


If you think you or a loved one have signs of sepsis, call your doctor or go to the emergency room.

If you have further questions about sepsis, feel free to call Union General Hospital at 706-745-2111 ext. 6827 or visit the links to other sepsis resources below.