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Courtesy of Cabell Huntington Hospital Members of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Sepsis Team are, from left, Lauri Martinich, RN; Caleb Nuckols, RN; Michele Smith, RN, BSN; Dan Preston, RN and Molly Kluemper, RN, BSN.

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - September is National Sepsis Awareness Month, and to mark the occasion, Cabell Huntington Hospital will host an educational event Friday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital atrium. Information about sepsis prevention, giveaways and light refreshments will be available.

Sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication, occurs when the body's response to infection causes inflammation to tissues and organs. This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail. Risk of death increases up to 8% for each hour treatment is delayed. Early treatment of sepsis, usually with antibiotics and large amounts of intravenous fluids, improves chances for survival.

CHH has a dedicated sepsis response team to offer an even greater response time.

Sepsis occurs in three stages, starting with sepsis and progressing through severe sepsis to septic shock. By using a team process, sepsis can be treated during its early stage before it becomes more dangerous, hospital officials said.

For more information about sepsis, visit www.cabellhuntington.org.

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