Approximately 300,000 people die due to sepsis each year in the U.S. alone. The percentage of people dying from sepsis is on the rise, because of the drug-resistant bacteria; aging population; and compromised immune systems triggered by transplant drugs, HIV, and conventional cancer treatments.
In addition, here is an experience of Anne’s Fritz’s father who died from this deadly disease. In 2009, he was in good health. However, in 2010, he died. A routine colonoscopy showed that he had polyps that were too large to eliminate during the procedure. What’s more, there was a forty percent possibility that the polyps were cancerous. He underwent surgery in March 2010 and it went well. Even though the polyps were benign, he had to stay in the hospital longer because he experienced a mild fever and high heart rate.
About seven days later, he was moved to a rehab center since he had lost too much strength from being bedridden. Her daughter followed him to the rehab center where he had his 1st rehab session. The next day he asked her when they were going to the rehab center. But, they were actually sitting in the rehab center. Anne concluded that something was wrong.
Also, he was tired, so she stayed with her father all day. Unluckily, the next day her father died. The autopsy showed that her father’s colon had been perforated during surgery. Namely, the cause of his death was sepsis.
Sepsis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
Sepsis is actually a complication caused by an infection, often while the patient is still in the hospital. There are 3 stages of sepsis, including:
Once you get an infection, your immune system starts releasing certain chemicals into your bloodstream to fight back. If these chemicals cause an inflammatory response throughout your body, it can result in sepsis. You have to experience at least 2 of these symptoms to be diagnosed with sepsis:
- Respiratory rate higher than twenty breaths per minute
- Heart rate higher than ninety beats per minute
- Body temperature below 36C (96.8F) or above 38.3C (101F)
– Severe Sepsis
In case it is left untreated, these chemicals can trigger changes in your body that can lead to organ damage as well as organ failure.
You have to experience one of these symptoms of organ failure to be diagnosed with severe sepsis:
- Greatly reduced urine output
- Abdominal pain
- Abnormal heart pumping function
- Difficulty breathing
- Platelet count reduction
- Abrupt change in mental status
– Septic Shock
If severe sepsis contributes to septic shock, then you will experience a drastic drop in your blood pressure levels. Extremely low blood pressure that does not respond to fluid replacement and organ failure indicate septic shock.
Who Are at the Highest Risk of Sepsis?
In most cases, septic shock and sepsis occur in people with compromised immune systems and older adults. You are at a higher likelihood of sepsis in case you:
- Are hooked up to invasive devices, such as breathing tubes, intravenous, or catheters;
- Have injuries or wounds like burns;
- Are already sick;
- Experience a compromised immune system because of transplant drugs, cancer treatment, or HIV;
- Are over the age of 65 or are very young.
Here Are the Most Common Sepsis Symptoms:
There are different symptoms of sepsis, which depend on what stage you are in. The most common symptoms include:
- Very cold, fever, or shivering
- General discomfort or severe pain
- Discolored or pale skin
- Confused, sleepy, or difficult to rouse
- Shortness of breath
Here Are the Main Culprits of Sepsis:
Any kind of infection, whether it is viral, bacterial, or fungal can lead to sepsis. These infections include:
- Bacteremia (bloodstream infection)
- Kidney infection
- Abdominal infection
Today, there aren’t any highly effective treatments for sepsis. That’s why Dr. Marik’s finding is an exciting development in the battle against sepsis.
A New Potential Treatment for Sepsis
A patient arrived in Dr. Paul Marik’s care that was almost death due to septic shock. Fortunately, Dr. Marik had recently read a study by Virginia Commonwealth University that found success healing sepsis patients by using intravenous vitamin C. He decided it was worth a try.
Furthermore, he added vitamin C along with a small amount of corticosteroids and thiamine. Believe it or not, this patient that had a few organs failing survived. Dr. Marik tried this intravenous combination with the next 2 sepsis patients, and both survived.
In fact, he has now cured 150 people thanks to this intravenous combination, and only 1 of them died from sepsis.
It is easy to use Dr. Marik’s remedy in hospitals across the country with this exciting new development. But, new drugs and treatments for any disease should go through the same rigorous testing before it is used.
This rigorous testing includes:
- Animal testing
- Clinical testing on a small group of people
- Clinical testing on a large group of people
- FDA approval
Furthermore, the human trials have to be conducted using a placebo, where both the researchers and participants do not know which treatment they are getting. Also, the treatment has to be conducted at a few universities using many clinicians. Even though it often takes a long time, it is crucial in ensuring the efficacy and safety of each treatment before it is used on a mass scale.
Fortunately, Dr. Malik’s sepsis treatment is now undergoing this process to completely understand the mechanism as well as ensure that it will work in different hospitals with different physicians.
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