NRMC Recognizes Sepsis Awareness Month
Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is acknowledging September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Every two minutes, someone dies from sepsis in the United States – more than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. Sepsis is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and it continues to be a crucial health condition that NRMC is working to diagnose quickly and treat.
Sepsis is the body’s response to infection and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Most often, sepsis begins outside the hospital, but it is the job of hospitals and their providers to quickly diagnose this dangerous condition and treat the patient accordingly.
NRMC is working diligently to address sepsis in the community, by working with community healthcare leaders, physicians, and NRMC staff to identify sepsis early on. NRMC has published information to help area residents recognize possible sepsis threats and symptoms, and steps to take if sepsis is a possibility.
NRMC is also participating in a national effort, called the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), which is seeking to reduce all-cause inpatient harm and readmissions. This effort is being led by Missouri Hospital Association in Missouri and includes a focus on sepsis.
For sepsis awareness month, NRMC encourages the community to remember the signs of sepsis:
S Shivering, fever or very cold
E Extreme pain or general discomfort
P Pale or discolored skin
S Sleeping, difficult to rouse, confused
I “I feel like I might die”
S Short of breath
For more information, visit www.sepsis.org.
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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.