Sepsis is a very serious condition in which the entire body develops an inflammatory reaction. It is often caused by a serious bacteria infection in the blood. Usually, when there is an infection, the inflammatory response is limited to the site of the infection. For example, if a cut on your finger becomes infected—the finger alone becomes swollen. This would be a normal response. When a person becomes septic however, the entire body develops the inflammatory reaction. When this happens, the person develops an extremely high fever, and the blood pressure can fall so much that organs do not get enough blood or oxygen. This results in the major organs, such as the liver and kidneys, shutting down and going into failure. With severe septic reaction, the risk of death is over 40%.

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