Though infection is the primary factor for Sepsis, many other factors contribute. Aged people, children, and people with certain mental illnesses are more prone to infections than ordinary people. People with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, chronic kidney and liver diseases, and severely compromised immune systems are vulnerable to Sepsis than healthy people. Hospital stays, particularly in ICUs, exposure to invasive devices like catheters and breathing tubes, antibiotics, and corticosteroids are also critical risk factors in the spread of Sepsis.
Is Sepsis contagious?
The answer is no. Sepsis doesn’t transmit from person to person by contact or any external medium. Sepsis is not an infection per se but a response to an infection. Therefore, the underlying cause that is responsible for the condition is contagious. By taking preventive measures for infections, you can save yourself from Sepsis.
What is the diagnosis process?
When doctors suspect a case of Sepsis, they run a battery of tests that include a blood test to identify severe blood infection, along with other tests. Through these tests, they can pinpoint the cause of the condition and the organs infected.